Kellie Lunney

Senior Correspondent Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.
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Think tank recommends ways to rein in military pay, benefits

November 1, 2012 The government must reform military pay and benefits to help the Defense Department rein in spending, according to a new report from a left-leaning think tank. The Center for American Progress praised Pentagon proposals to cut personnel costs, which include capping pay raises for service members beginning in fiscal 2015,...

Low morale continues to plague Homeland Security

November 1, 2012 Employees at the Homeland Security Department are less satisfied with their jobs on average than other federal workers, and DHS must do a better job figuring out why, according to a new report. Morale varies among DHS employees, depending on where they work, with job satisfaction and employee engagement particularly...

Uprooting Agencies

November 1, 2012 A lot of people don’t really believe a budget sequester will happen. The hope is that, similar to government’s near shutdowns in 2011, Congress and the White House will find a way to avert massive across-the-board spending cuts before they take effect in January 2013. But plenty of federal managers...

Around Government

November 1, 2012 Dishin’ Out Soft Power State Department chef serves up meals as part of the United States’ new culinary diplomatic corps. Jason Larkin commands the kitchen of diplomacy. As the chef for the State Department, he’s in charge of preparing culinary concoctions for the many visiting diplomats and heads of state...

Overpaid or Underpaid, Feds Had Quite a Week

November 1, 2012 The role of government, and of federal employees, during a disaster and its aftermath once again has captured the country’s attention, as the super storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy continues to plague the East Coast. During a week when many people praised federal employees (e.g., the Federal Emergency...

Managing Under the Specter of Sequestration

October 31, 2012 A lot of people don’t really believe a budget sequester will happen. The hope is that, similar to government’s near shutdowns in 2011, Congress and the White House will find a way to avert massive across-the-board spending cuts before they take effect in January 2013. But plenty of federal managers...

Retirement checks unaffected by Sandy

October 30, 2012 The severe weather along the East Coast has not mucked up federal retirement claims processing, according to Office of Personnel Management officials. “We do not expect any interruption in retirement claims process and the call center remains open,” said an OPM spokeswoman. The agency’s claims processing facility is in Boyers,...

Washington-area federal agencies remain closed Tuesday

October 29, 2012 This story has been updated to note that Washington Metrorail and Metrobus will remain closed Tuesday morning. Washington-area federal agencies will remain closed Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy continues to unleash its wrath up and down the East Coast. The Office of Personnel Management announced that the federal government will close...

Feds won’t miss a paycheck because of Sandy

October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy is not disrupting federal payroll operations, according to the director of the National Finance Center, which is responsible for paying much of the federal workforce. The New Orleans, Louisiana-based center just finished processing pay for the last two weeks, said John White, NFC director, and federal employees should...

Social Security Administration: Call or go online for services

October 29, 2012 The Social Security Administration has posted some information related to payments and office closings on the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy. The agency advises recipients who do not receive their scheduled Social Security payments as a result of the storm to go to any open SSA office and request an...

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