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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Emerging Leaders

October 1, 2011 Young executives are taking their passion for public service to the top. As government grapples with seemingly intractable problems like shrinking budgets, overlapping missions and cumbersome processes from bygone days, there is some good news. Young leaders are stepping up to redefine the way federal agencies work through better technology,...

Connecting the Dots

October 1, 2011 A partnership between government and industry brings together innovators and leaders to tackle global sustainability challenges. In Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book The Tipping Point, he identifies three types of people who drive innovation and disseminate ideas in society-connectors, who bring together people; mavens, who traffic in ideas and information; and...

Furloughed FAA workers will receive back pay

September 30, 2011 The nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees who were furloughed for two weeks this summer will receive back pay in October. Transportation Department lawyers determined that additional congressional action is not necessary to provide retroactive pay to the furloughed workers. "The FAA is taking action to pay the nearly 4,000...

Federal retirees could receive COLA boost for first time since 2008

September 30, 2011 Federal retirees likely will receive a cost-of-living adjustment in December for the first time since 2008 -- a fact largely lost in the current debate over proposals targeting federal pay and benefits. The COLA for federal retirees and Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients could be nearly 4 percent...

Training Day

September 29, 2011 Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew told agency managers earlier this week that he could not rule out the possibility that federal employees could be called upon to sacrifice further in the name of deficit reduction. But some folks who serve the country are gaining benefits during these...

Budget chief won’t rule out more proposals affecting feds

September 27, 2011 Federal employees could be called upon to sacrifice further in the name of deficit reduction, according to a top Obama administration official. Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew did not rule out the possibility of more proposals affecting government employees during budget negotiations. "I can't say nothing else...

Clinton-era government downsizing offers lessons for current crisis

September 27, 2011 This story has been updated. The political leadership should offer an overarching vision of how the federal government can operate more efficiently with fewer resources to help guide agencies during the current budget crisis, according to interviews with dozens of current and former public officials and observers compiled in a...

Lawmakers again seek to cut federal workforce through attrition

September 23, 2011 Lawmakers in both chambers have introduced legislation that aims to reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015 through attrition. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., estimate the legislation, which they introduced this week, will save $139 billion over the next decade. The bill calls for...

Feds could donate sick leave to agency banks under House bill

September 23, 2011 Federal employees would be able donate their unused sick leave to agencywide leave banks under bipartisan legislation that Washington-area lawmakers introduced Friday. The bill is expected to be "nearly cost neutral," according to a statement from a trio of Democratic sponsors: Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran of Virginia and...

Survey: Feds are happy at work despite tough times

September 22, 2011 Federal employees are committed to their work and mostly satisfied with their jobs despite the difficult political and fiscal environment, according to a new study. The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday released the results of the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which drew a record 266,000 responses. Nearly 92...

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