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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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...

Bill would ensure military, law enforcement officer pay

September 13, 2011 A House lawmaker has introduced legislation to ensure military personnel and federal law enforcement officers continue to receive pay and certain benefits in the event of another budget crisis. Pay and allowances for those federal employees would be a priority if there is another debt ceiling crisis or other funding...

Bill strips back pay for furloughed FAA workers

September 12, 2011 Federal Aviation Administration employees who were furloughed for two weeks this summer would not receive back pay under draft legislation circulating on Capitol Hill. The most recent version of legislation extending the FAA's spending authority past Sept. 16 does not include a provision authorizing retroactive pay for thousands of employees...

Employees punished for political activity

September 6, 2011 Two federal employees have been punished for violating the law that restricts government workers from participating in certain political activity, according to the Office of Special Counsel. A National Institutes of Health employee lost her job because she used her government email account to solicit political contributions while on duty,...

Groups urge super committee to protect federal pay and benefits

August 29, 2011 Federal employee groups are urging the congressional super committee to reject additional cuts to government workers' pay and benefits as part of its final deficit reduction plan. "Similar to their private sector counterparts, federal workers are confronting rising health care costs and general living expenses, and many are responsible for...

TSA seeks authority to offer early outs to employees

August 24, 2011 This story was updated on Aug. 25. The Transportation Security Administration wants to offer early retirement packages to eligible employees this fall, according to a Homeland Security Department spokesman. Homeland Security's chief human capital officer has requested authority from the Office of Personnel Management to offer the early outs to...

Earthquake aftermath draws mixed reaction from feds

August 24, 2011 This story has been updated with OPM's announcement that the government will be open as usual on Thursday. Federal employees had a range of opinions on whether Washington-area agencies should have evacuated Tuesday after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia about 84 miles from the nation's capital, according to dozens...

Most government offices open after East Coast earthquake

August 24, 2011 Most of the federal government is open for business after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia on Tuesday. The Office of Personnel Management announced early Wednesday that most agencies in the Washington area are open with unscheduled leave and telework according to agency guidelines. The following agencies and departments are...

Rule on Sunday premium pay takes effect next month

August 23, 2011 Part-time federal employees can receive premium pay for work performed on Sundays, according to a final rule that takes effect Sept. 22. The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday published in the Federal Register the final regulation extending Sunday premium pay, removing all references to full-time employees. In May 2009,...

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