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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OPM Tries to Make Senior Executive Hiring Less Annoying For Everybody

March 14, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is encouraging federal agencies to use a resume-based application process for senior executive candidates to attract the best applicant pool – and also save people some aggravation. “This method provides an alternative to the traditional submission by applicants of a resume and a 10-page written...

Feds: Tell Your Manager How You Really Feel -- With No Repercussions

March 10, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management will begin emailing the 2016 federal workforce survey to employees across government at the end of April, soliciting feedback on compensation, morale, agency leadership and job satisfaction. OPM will send out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in two phases. Each agency’s survey will be open...

Senators Urge Pentagon to Postpone Cuts to Autism Coverage for Military Kids

March 9, 2016 A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Defense Department to postpone impending cuts to reimbursement rates for autism benefits under TRICARE. Defense has proposed cuts of up to 15 percent for reimbursement rates for Applied Behavior Analysis, a popular therapy for children with disorders on the autism spectrum. ABA...

VA Senior Executives Feel 'Demoralized' and 'Betrayed' Over Latest Hiring and Firing Proposal

March 7, 2016 Senior executives at Veterans Affairs are worried that a proposal from the department’s leadership to ease SES hiring and firing will further batter recruitment and retention of top career officials to VA, according to a new survey. “A lot of folks are feeling that they think this is much more...

Senators Lambaste Agency for Reversing VA’s Decision to Punish Senior Executives

March 4, 2016 Four Republican senators are blasting the small, independent agency that adjudicates appeals from fired federal employees for rejecting the Veterans Affairs Department’s recent decisions to remove and demote senior executives accused of wrongdoing. “On behalf of our nation’s veterans who deserve better, we request analysis of the principles, laws, and...

Bill Would Enshrine Into Law Protections for LGBT Feds

March 3, 2016 Gay and transgender federal employees would be protected by law from workplace discrimination under a bipartisan bill introduced in the House on Thursday. While there are current policies prohibiting discrimination against federal employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, the legislation would codify those protections by amending Title...

Pentagon Travel Expense Cuts Are Hurting Navy Ship Maintenance

March 2, 2016 A bipartisan movement involving lawmakers, a high-ranking Defense official, labor, and business leaders to repeal a 2014 Pentagon policy that cut per diem rates for long-term government travel is gaining momentum. Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, currently is asking his colleagues to sign onto a letter to the leadership of the...

Former Phoenix VA Senior Executive Pleads Guilty to Lying About Lobbyist's Gifts

March 2, 2016 The former career senior executive who ran the Veterans Affairs Department’s Phoenix health care system when the scandal over falsifying wait lists erupted in 2014 has pleaded guilty to lying on her government financial disclosure form about gifts she received from a lobbyist. Sharon Helman, who ultimately lost her job...

Senators to Pentagon: Don't Mess With Commissary Employees' Compensation

March 1, 2016 Fifteen Democratic senators are urging the Defense Department to avoid certain changes that could adversely affect the pay and benefits of its commissary employees. The department has been considering ways to rein in costs associated with the popular commissaries, which provide groceries to military personnel, families and retirees worldwide at...

FEHBP Insurance Carriers Must Cover Autism Treatment Beginning in 2017

February 29, 2016 This story has been updated. Beginning in 2017, all insurance carriers participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program must cover a popular therapy for children with some form of autism, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Since 2013, FEHBP insurance carriers have had the option of covering applied...

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