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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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...

GAO contemplates layoffs

September 21, 2011 The government's watchdog is weighing a range of options, including layoffs, to confront what the agency expects will be major cuts to its fiscal 2012 budget. "We're reviewing all elements of the budget and all aspects of our operation: headquarters, field, mission [and] mission support," Chuck Young, managing director of...

ATF offers hundreds of buyouts

September 21, 2011 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering hundreds of buyouts and early retirement packages to help avoid layoffs or furloughs, a bureau official said on Wednesday. ATF, part of the Justice Department, is offering 400 buyouts at both headquarters and field offices as a way to deal...

Deficit reduction pain for federal employees could be worse, some say

September 20, 2011 It could be worse. That's the argument the Obama administration is making in the face of criticism from federal employee groups over the president's decision to recommend that government workers contribute more money to their pensions to help reduce the budget deficit. Unions and other employee advocates have lashed out...

Feds would contribute more to pensions under Obama’s deficit plan

September 19, 2011 This story has been updated. President Obama on Monday released a deficit reduction proposal that recommends increasing the amount federal employees contribute to their pensions beginning in 2013. The plan proposes raising the employee contribution rate by 1.2 percent over three years beginning in 2013 -- a rate of 0.4...

Groups urge Obama not to target federal pay and benefits

September 16, 2011 President Obama is set to unveil his deficit reduction plan Monday, and federal employee groups are urging him not to target government workers' pay and benefits in his proposal. The Federal-Postal Coalition, made up of several federal employee unions and groups, sent letters to Obama and Office of Management and...

Federal employees lauded at Washington gala

September 15, 2011 Nine federal employees from across the country will be honored Thursday night at a black-tie event in Washington for their extraordinary contributions to public service. The winners of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service's 10th annual Service to America medals hail from seven different agencies and will be honored for...

Senate passes FAA spending extension

September 15, 2011 This story has been updated from the original version. The Senate on Thursday evening passed legislation that extends funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, narrowly averting a second partial agency shutdown. The measure was approved 92-6. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who was blocking the legislation, reached an agreement with lawmakers...

FAA back pay bill is still alive

September 14, 2011 Lawmakers will continue to push for back pay for thousands of furloughed Federal Aviation Administration employees in stand-alone legislation, the bill's sponsor said on Tuesday. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., said he will continue to shepherd the bipartisan legislation he introduced in August that would authorize back pay for the 4,000...

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