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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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...

FAA furloughs unprecedented, officials say

July 29, 2011 A week after Congress failed to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, officials are calling the furloughs triggered by the partial shutdown of agency operations unprecedented. FAA furloughed 4,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in Washington, after lawmakers failed to reach a last-minute agreement on July 22 on a stopgap...

Unions rally to protest debt ceiling impasse, furloughs

July 28, 2011 Public sector unions held a rally on Capitol Hill on Thursday to protest the debt ceiling impasse and furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration. "Look at this debt crisis we're in, and what a crisis it is," John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told a large...

Pension Tension

July 28, 2011 A House lawmaker on Wednesday launched another attack on federal retirement plans, but this time congressional pensions are the target. Every time a politician utters the word "pension," the level of anxiety spikes among members of the federal workforce. The latest bill sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., should (slightly)...

Workers’ comp reform bill would hurt injured feds, witnesses say

July 27, 2011 A bill that would convert federal employees on workers' compensation to the appropriate retirement system when they reach retirement age would result in a loss of income for many of those employees, witnesses at a Senate subcommittee hearing said Tuesday. Under the 1916 Federal Employees' Compensation Act, employees disabled as...

Federal pay and benefits spared -- for now

July 26, 2011 The House and Senate debt proposals released Monday do not contain specific provisions targeting federal employees' pay or benefits, although such spending cuts likely will be part of future proposals, observers believe. The plans, released by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., both endorse...

CBO: Policymakers should consider trimming benefits to feds, vets

July 25, 2011 This story has been clarified to emphasize that CBO is nonpartisan and does not make specific policy recommendations. The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Friday reiterated that policymakers consider trimming federal employees' retirement benefits to help reduce the deficit over the long term. CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf...

Agencies lack clear guidance on telework during emergencies, report says

July 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Governmentwide guidance on telework does not clearly or comprehensively instruct agencies on incorporating the practice into their emergency planning, according to a new report. Four agencies provide guidance on telework during emergencies: the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Protective...

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