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 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...

Debt ceiling debate: What happens to feds after Aug. 2 if there’s no deal?

July 12, 2011 As the deadline for raising the debt ceiling looms, the stakes of cutting a deal to avoid a government default are getting higher. If negotiators can't resolve their differences by Aug. 2 and the government runs out of money, furloughs for federal workers are a real possibility. In April, most...

OPM chief says employees need more frequent feedback

July 11, 2011 Federal managers should provide positive feedback to employees at least once a week, the government's human resources chief said on Monday. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said employees should receive frequent recognition and praise for good work from their bosses to keep them motivated and to ensure lines...

HUD reminds military personnel of their housing rights

July 8, 2011 Service members on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan do not need to alert mortgage lenders of their military status in connection with a foreclosure, the Housing and Urban Development Department emphasized in a recent memorandum. The 2003 Servicemembers Civil Relief Act affords mortgage relief, including a lower interest rate...

House approves 1.6 percent pay raise for service members

July 8, 2011 The House on Friday approved a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel next year. The chamber passed the fiscal 2012 defense spending bill (H.R. 2219), which included the pay provision, by a vote of 336-87. President Obama recommended a 1.6 percent boost for service members in his fiscal 2012...

Study finds lengthy deployments contribute to mental health problems in children

July 6, 2011 The prolonged deployment of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade of war is taking a toll on the mental health of children whose parents serve, according to a new study. The study, published this month by the American Medical Association, found 16.7 percent of the children...

Groups urge leaders to reject proposals aimed at federal workforce

July 5, 2011 With less than a month to go before the government begins to default on its obligations, federal employee groups continue to urge congressional leaders and the White House to reject proposals targeting their pay and benefits as part of a deficit reduction deal. A coalition of 25 groups sent letters...

Focus on the Family

July 1, 2011 The military ramps up outreach to spouses feeling the strain of multiple deployments. By the end of May, the Army had lost 62 active-duty soldiers to suicide since the beginning of the year. That's just one branch of the military-and the figure does not include members of the reserves or...

Former top officials dissect homeland security since 9/11

June 23, 2011 Coordination among agencies with jurisdiction over homeland security and the intelligence community has improved vastly since Sept. 11, 2001, a panel of current and former government officials said Thursday, even while turf battles in Congress and inconsistent information sharing between the federal government and localities continue to stymie efforts to...

GAO: Defense needs to improve management of incentive pay

June 22, 2011 The Defense Department pledged $11 billion in enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses during the past four years, but it does not effectively measure whether the incentive pay has been a good use of money, according to a new report. From fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2010, the military services signed contracts worth...

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