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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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Bill would authorize back pay for furloughed workers

August 9, 2011 Furloughed employees at the Federal Aviation Administration would receive retroactive pay for the two weeks they were off the job under legislation introduced Tuesday in the House. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., is sponsoring the bipartisan legislation that would authorize back pay for the 4,000 federal employees furloughed when the agency's...

GOP lawmaker will introduce back pay bill for FAA workers

August 8, 2011 This story has been updated. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., will introduce legislation Tuesday that would authorize back pay for the thousands of employees furloughed at the Federal Aviation Administration, his office said. Furloughed FAA employees returned to work Monday, after weeks of uncertainty over their jobs and funding for the...

Education will offer buyouts, early outs

August 8, 2011 The Education Department will begin offering buyouts and early retirement to employees next month in 12 different program offices, according to an email from the department's chief human capital officer obtained by Government Executive. Robert Buggs sent the email Monday to all employees notifying them of the department's intention to...

Lawmaker tries to reassure beleaguered feds

August 5, 2011 A Democratic senator on Friday tried to reassure federal employees worried about the effect of the debt ceiling deal on their pay and benefits, while at the same time acknowledging the super committee created to study deficit reduction could come up with proposals that hurt feds. "We will be watching...

FAA employees could return to work next week

August 4, 2011 Furloughed employees at the Federal Aviation Administration could be back on the job as early as next week, if the Senate approves legislation Friday that funds the agency and ends a two-week partial shutdown. Lawmakers reached a deal Thursday afternoon to end the impasse over FAA funding and put thousands...

OPM releases draft rules on new federal internship program

August 4, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management has issued proposed regulations on the government's new internship program, designed to attract students and graduates to careers in public service. The Pathways Programs includes three tracks for current students, recent graduates and Presidential Management Fellows. Participants will be classified under a new Schedule D...

New SES performance system slated for early fall

August 3, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management expects to complete the design of a new performance management system for senior executives by the end of September. In an Aug. 2 memo to federal human resources officials, OPM Director John Berry called the timeline for the design of a standard Senior Executive Service...

Budget crunch could hit USAID, State personnel hard

August 2, 2011 Agencies responsible for international development and foreign relations will see their budgets shrink as a result of the fiscal climate and at some point might have to consider staff reductions, according to participants in a Capitol Hill briefing on the impact of the debt ceiling deal. "I've heard nobody at...

Federal employee groups await the chopping block

August 1, 2011 The debt ceiling deal that Congress is expected to approve Monday night does not contain specific measures targeting government workers, but groups representing federal employees know their members' pay and benefits will be on the chopping block soon enough. "Unfortunately, we've heard from lawmakers that federal employee pay and benefits...

Breaking Through

August 1, 2011 Women have come a long way in the top ranks, but the SES still is mostly male. Car owners know a tiny chip in their windshield will expand into a deadly spider web of cracks sooner or later. Those cracks, however small, eventually will shatter the glass. The same is...

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