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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Union sounds off over governor’s Gestapo comment

July 11, 2012 The leader of a large federal union on Tuesday demanded a full apology from the governor of Maine who compared the Internal Revenue Service to Nazi Germany’s murderous secret police. Republican Gov. Paul LePage referred to the IRS as the “new Gestapo” during a July 7 radio address in which...

Firefighters win health care benefits

July 11, 2012 President Obama this week directed agencies to extend health care benefits to part-time federal firefighters. The policy change means more than 8,000 temporary seasonal firefighters now have access to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The administration plans to issue more details on the change later this month, according to...

White House takes appropriators to task on pay, TRICARE

July 10, 2012 The White House has threatened to veto a House appropriations bill that includes a pay raise for service members but not for civilian federal employees. The Obama administration’s opposition to the Defense Department spending bill, which the House plans to take up next week, covers a lot of territory. In...

Uncle Sam seeks interns, fellows

July 9, 2012 The government’s new program to attract students and recent graduates to public service takes effect Tuesday. Agencies must transition from the current system to Pathways Programs, an initiative that grew out of a 2010 executive order directing agencies to make it easier for students and recent grads to pursue careers...

Retirement claims backlog slowly shrinks

July 5, 2012 The government processed more federal retirement applications in June than it expected to, and the total claims backlog is down 21 percent since the beginning of the year, according to the latest statistics. The backlog now stands at 48,323 claims, down 12,785 since January and 55 less than the total...

Wielding the Ax

July 5, 2012 Urban legend says it’s impossible to fire a federal employee for anything less than committing murder. The recent scandals involving feds at the General Services Administration (misusing taxpayer funds) and the Secret Service (procuring prostitutes) have revived the old saw: What does a federal employee have to do to get...

Watchdog dismisses TRICARE bid protest

July 3, 2012 The government’s watchdog on Monday denied a protest over a multibillion-dollar contract from a company that provides health care to millions of service members and their families. TriWest Healthcare Alliance lost its bid protest over the Defense Department’s March decision to award a $20.4 billion contract to UnitedHealth Group to...

Wielding The Ax

July 1, 2012 Urban legend says it’s impossible to fire a federal employee for anything less than committing murder. The recent scandals involving feds at the General Services Administration (misusing taxpayer funds) and the Secret Service (procuring prostitutes) have revived the old saw: What does a federal employee have to do to get...

Will Feds Pay for Student Loans and Highways?

June 28, 2012 Here we go again. It’s a few days before major legislation expires, Congress is about to go on recess and federal employees’ benefits hang in the balance. This is familiar territory for those who watch federal pay and benefits issues closely: In the last year and a half, this scenario...

Panel approves funds to avoid Weather Service furloughs

June 27, 2012 A House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday approved a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to reallocate money within the agency to cover a budget shortfall that could have resulted in furloughs at the National Weather Service. NOAA asked lawmakers recently to reallocate $36 million to cover the spending...

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