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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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Special Report: Balancing Act

October 19, 2009 The innovations of modern life have provided unprecedented flexibility to the 21st century workforce. But progress brings its own set of challenges. Sophisticated technology has allowed more employees to work remotely, but its ubiquity also makes it tougher to draw a distinct line between work and life outside of work....

MSPB says vet’s case against federal internship program has legal merit

August 19, 2009 The Merit Systems Protection Board has ruled that a disabled veteran can legally challenge the government's career internship program, reversing a 2008 decision by an administrative judge. The ruling deals another blow to the Federal Career Intern Program, created by a 2000 executive order as a special hiring authority for...

House sounds death knell for Pentagon pay-for-performance system

June 25, 2009 The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization bill containing an amendment that guts the Pentagon's controversial pay-for-performance system. The provision, passed last week by the House Armed Services Committee, requires the Pentagon to demonstrate whether its National Security Personnel System can be reformed or prepare to...

Obama merges homeland, national security staff

May 26, 2009 President Obama on Tuesday announced the creation of an integrated White House national security staff that will work as one team to tackle homeland security and counterterrorism issues. The move is designed to "end the artificial divide" between those in the White House working on homeland security and national security,...

Obama names Washington businessman as chief performance officer

April 18, 2009 President Obama on Saturday named a Washington-area entrepreneur and management consultant as the government's first chief performance officer. Jeffrey Zients also will serve as deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, Obama said during his April 18 radio address. A multimillionaire who made his money as...

House and Senate call for pay parity

April 3, 2009 The House and Senate both included language in their fiscal 2010 budget resolutions supporting the same pay raise for military members and federal civilian employees. The pay parity language does not set the actual amount of the 2010 pay raise for military and civilian employees. Those figures will be decided...

HUD is Obama's home base for mortgage rescue

February 11, 2009 For decades, the Housing and Urban Development Department has been, at best, a second-string player in the Cabinet. But widespread economic chaos, fueled by an unprecedented number of mortgage foreclosures in 2008, has catapulted housing to the top of the national policy agenda and thrust HUD into the spotlight in...

Senate stimulus bill also contains windfall for federal agencies

January 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate appears to be following in the House's footsteps by allotting billions of dollars to federal agencies in its version of the economic stimulus bill. Some of the money would go to grant programs run by those agencies, while other funds would contribute directly to improving facilities and operations....

Senate stimulus bill also contains windfall for federal agencies

January 26, 2009 The Senate appears to be following in the House's footsteps by allotting billions of dollars to federal agencies in its version of the economic stimulus bill. Some of the money would go to grant programs run by those agencies, while other funds would contribute directly to improving facilities and operations....

Homeland Security: Employers can no longer use expired documents in hiring

December 17, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Beginning in February, employers in the United States will not be allowed to use expired documents to verify workers' employment eligibility. The interim rule, published on Wednesday in the Federal Register by the Homeland Security Department, aims to streamline the employment eligibility verification process and crack down on fraud. As...