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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Government uses new and old media to get its message out after Japan disaster

March 11, 2011 The government is using different modes of communication -- from conference calls to Twitter feeds -- to disseminate information related to Friday's earthquake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami impact on the West Coast of the United States. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, already posted a...

OPM’s Berry grilled by lawmakers on pay freeze

March 9, 2011 The federal government should not impose an across-the-board employee pay freeze or cut, according to think tank analysts who believe civil servants on average receive compensation more generous than that of their private sector counterparts. President Obama has called for an overall two-year pay freeze for federal employees, but such...

Commission calls on Pentagon to scrap women in combat policy

March 8, 2011 The Defense Department should scrap its policy preventing women from being assigned to direct combat positions, a panel of military and civilian leaders has recommended. A commission looking at increasing diversity within the armed forces called certain combat exclusion policies regarding women an institutional barrier that "can affect their ability...

Deadline Extension For Disability Hiring Plans

March 7, 2011 Agencies have an extra month to put the final touches on their plans to hire more people with disabilities. A March 4 memo from Office of Personnel Management Deputy Director Christine Griffin extends the deadline for agencies submitting proposals aimed at increasing the number of disabled workers from March 8...

Deadline extended for special military pay

March 7, 2011 Military members and veterans have until March 18 to file for special pay if their service was extended involuntarily between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. The 2009 supplemental war appropriations law authorized retroactive stop-loss special pay of up to $500 for every full or partial month that military...

OPM clarifies leave policies for feds

March 4, 2011 Federal employees can request unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework during an emergency if they want to leave the office before their designated early departure times, according to a March 3 memo from the Office of Personnel Management. The clarification from OPM aims to maintain government productivity in the event of...

Court cases reaffirm law prohibiting discrimination against workers serving in the military

March 3, 2011 The law protecting the jobs and benefits of employees on active or reserve military duty received a boost earlier this week from two separate court decisions. The rulings, handed down in separate cases by the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, involve the 1994...

Domestic Dispute

March 3, 2011 Slowly but surely, the government in recent years has been expanding benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal workers. But same-sex partners still are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, arguably the Holy Grail for supporters of expanding government benefits. The issue has been attracting...

Watchdog: Postal Service proposals could undermine funding of retiree benefits

February 28, 2011 This story has been updated. U.S. Postal Service proposals to change how retiree benefits are funded could adversely affect those programs and would not help the agency out of the red, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general. The study, which is expected to...

Bargaining Chips

February 24, 2011 If we've learned anything during the past week or so from the protests over collective bargaining rights across the country, it's that the political party in power can affect the nature of such benefits. Both parties see their positions on collective bargaining as useful to their political base and core...

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