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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Agencies lack clear guidance on telework during emergencies, report says

July 22, 2011 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...

Union fights back against proposed cuts to pay and benefits

July 21, 2011 This story has been updated. One of the largest federal employee unions is launching a public awareness campaign to lobby against proposals targeting the pay and benefits of government workers and highlight the connection between public service and quality of life in America. The National Treasury Employees Union on Thursday...

Law and Order

July 21, 2011 Federal pay and benefits are on the chopping block with the latest raft of proposed cuts coming from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Any debt ceiling deal will more than likely include some sacrifices for government workers. There's one group of federal employees, though, that is getting enhanced retirement benefits: Customs...

Furlough Scare: Part II

July 20, 2011 Should federal employees be worried about furloughs if Congress and the administration don't reach a deal soon on raising the debt ceiling? Yes, according to William Galston, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. "Without an agreement, the government won't have the money to pay federal employees, and...

House passes balanced budget bill

July 19, 2011 The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would make raising the debt limit contingent upon congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment, a largely symbolic vote that the Senate is expected to reject. House lawmakers voted 234-190 along party lines to approve the 2011 Cut, Cap and Balance Act...

CRS report revisits public-private pay debate

July 19, 2011 Government employees on average are older and more educated than private sector workers -- factors that generally contribute to higher pay, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. Fifty-one percent of full-time public sector employees were between the ages of 45 and 64 in 2010 compared to 43...

Obama threatens veto of balanced budget bill

July 18, 2011 President Obama on Monday said he would veto a bill that would make raising the debt limit contingent upon congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment. "Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility," said the statement of administration policy on the 2011...

Federal employees report being in the dark on debt ceiling

July 15, 2011 Federal employees would be in uncharted territory if Washington fails to raise the debt ceiling and the government goes into default, observers said. There is no clear roadmap for agencies or federal employees to follow if Uncle Sam cannot pay his bills, making the situation much less predictable than a...

Sooner or Later

July 14, 2011 Conventional wisdom says Congress and the White House will reach some sort of deal (details TBD) on raising the debt ceiling to avoid a government default before Aug. 2. That means federal employees will narrowly escape the threat of furloughs for the second time this year, and the Treasury Department...

Bill would pay military during a government default

July 13, 2011 This story has been updated. House lawmakers Wednesday introduced a bill to ensure military personnel continue to receive pay if the national debt limit is not raised. The legislation calls for emergency appropriations to pay the salaries and other allowances of active-duty service members if the government faces a funding...

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