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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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Federal Benefits and Japan

March 17, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management now is handling inquiries related to benefits for federal annuitants who died during the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Affected family members and other individuals can call 202-606-8142 to report deaths and/or advise the government of any disruptions in April 1, 2011 annuity payments.

FEMA recoups millions in improper payments

March 17, 2011 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has improved its process for recovering improper payments made to disaster assistance applicants, recouping more than $47 million in 2010 from those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to a FEMA official. "We have drastically reduced the error rates for the amount of funds...

Hitting the Ceiling

March 17, 2011 The ongoing threat of government shutdown this year has sparked talk of furloughs and concern over federal pay. But there's another crisis looming that temporarily could affect employees' benefits -- the creep toward the debt ceiling. When the federal government's spending outstrips its revenue, the Treasury can borrow money by...

Performance Reviews and 'Dehumanized Management'

March 16, 2011 Performance management is underperforming, says Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry. "There are pockets of excellence, but most agencies don't do performance management well," Berry said on Wednesday during the Interagency Resource Management Conference at Gallaudet University in Washington. Ouch. Berry said the four pillars of performance management --...

OPM chief calls for new performance review system

March 16, 2011 Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry on Wednesday said he wants to improve the government's personnel evaluation system by developing more specific performance standards and offering employees more frequent feedback. "I believe strongly the path to best results at the lowest cost is to build that type of high...

Government would save billions by capping pay, CBO says

March 15, 2011 Reducing annual pay increases for federal civilian workers and military personnel would save the government billions of dollars during the next decade, according to the latest figures from the Congressional Budget Office in a report on trimming the burgeoning deficit. CBO estimates the deficit will rise to $7 trillion during...

Federal mentors dispense wisdom on YouTube

March 14, 2011 Mentoring has gone digital. Top government executives now are dispensing career advice to the next generation of federal employees via YouTube, as part of a new project launched Monday by an information technology media company. FedMentors features leaders from across government in a series of short videos, answering questions ranging...

Government uses new and old media to get its message out after Japan disaster

March 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is using different modes of communication -- from conference calls to Twitter feeds -- to disseminate information related to Friday's earthquake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami impact on the West Coast of the United States. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, already posted a...

Government uses new and old media to get its message out after Japan disaster

March 11, 2011 The government is using different modes of communication -- from conference calls to Twitter feeds -- to disseminate information related to Friday's earthquake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami impact on the West Coast of the United States. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, already posted a...

OPM’s Berry grilled by lawmakers on pay freeze

March 9, 2011 The federal government should not impose an across-the-board employee pay freeze or cut, according to think tank analysts who believe civil servants on average receive compensation more generous than that of their private sector counterparts. President Obama has called for an overall two-year pay freeze for federal employees, but such...