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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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Protecting federal pay and benefits remains top priority for union

November 7, 2012 Protecting federal workers’ pay and benefits remains a top priority as attention turns to how Congress and the Obama administration will handle the looming fiscal cliff, said the leader of a large federal employee union the day after the 2012 presidential election. J. David Cox, president of the American Federation...

Retirement backlog is down 39 percent since January

November 5, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in October than it expected to, and the overall backlog is down 39 percent since January, according to the latest statistics from the agency. OPM received 8,138 new claims last month -- 3,814 less than it received in September -- and...

Federal employee unions back Obama in 2012 election

November 5, 2012 Federal employee unions support Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election, despite their disappointment over how the incumbent has handled some issues affecting the government workforce. The American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union have endorsed Obama in the 2012 presidential race, as have...

Some postal workers are getting a raise

November 2, 2012 Some postal workers will receive a pay raise in a few weeks. Career employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union will receive a 1 percent pay increase, effective Nov. 17, and reflected in their Dec. 7 paychecks, according to the union. Those workers also will get two cost-of-living adjustments...

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...