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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Presidential campaigns and Senate urged to expedite appointments process

September 25, 2008 To read tips from longtime federal executives on surviving the transition, click here. Designating senior career employees to serve temporarily in critical agency jobs during a presidential transition is not sufficient to maintain government continuity, the head of a good government group said on Thursday. "We have an amazing career...

Senior diplomats in short supply

September 23, 2008 The Foreign Service needs more senior public diplomacy officers, a top State Department official told a congressional panel on Tuesday. "On the public diplomacy side, there is some positive news, but it's a grim picture overall," Amb. Scott DeLisi, director of career development and assignments in State's Bureau of Human...

Hurricane Fay reminds managers of emergency workforce flexibilities

August 21, 2008 As Hurricane Fay continues to soak the state of Florida, several employees from departments like Homeland Security will end up working overtime to help clean up what President Bush on Thursday declared a federal disaster. That means agency managers need to know the federal workforce flexibilities available to them during...

Obama emphasizes VA role in caring for vets

August 19, 2008 More job training, counseling and outreach for veterans and their families tops Sen. Barack Obama's list of policy priorities for the Veterans Affairs Department. The Illinois Democrat and the party's presumptive presidential nominee, vowed Tuesday to increase the number of veterans' centers providing mental health counseling to vets and their...

Military health care benefit extended to reservist family members

August 12, 2008 Families of some active-duty Reserve and National Guard members will get a break on paying annual deductibles associated with the military's health care system, according to a final rule published on Tuesday in the Federal Register. The rule, which was proposed in August 2006 and took effect on Tuesday, makes...

Lawmaker cries foul over government-sponsored travel to global conference

August 6, 2008 A Republican senator is blasting the government for spending more than $450,000 to send a delegation of federal employees to the 2008 International AIDS conference in Mexico City this week. At least 116 federal employees, the majority of whom work at agencies within the Health and Human Services Department, traveled...

Green Government

August 1, 2008 From clean-fuel fleets to eco-friendly offices, agencies face myriad challenges in their newest mission-saving the environment. Green is indeed the new black, as senior correspondent Katherine McIntire Peters notes in this month's special issue on green government. From the macro (climate change and oil prices) to the micro (ceiling fans...

Republican lawmaker gets riled over idling government cars

July 11, 2008 Uncle Sam is having some car trouble. With gas prices climbing toward $5 per gallon nationwide, energy efficiency is all the rage these days. But some government employees just aren't conserving enough, says one Republican lawmaker. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley sent a letter to President Bush on Thursday expressing concern...

Washington's workforce tends to downplay age to get ahead

March 17, 2008 Two promising candidates arrive for a job interview. One radiates youth, vigor, optimism, and perhaps naivete. The other is a grayer, seasoned old hand. That could describe Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls Barack Obama of Illinois and John McCain of Arizona. Or it could be a pair of Beltway rivals...

Budget boosts and cuts, agency by agency

February 4, 2008 Agency FY 2008 Proposal (in billions) FY 2009 Proposal (in billions) FY 2009-FY 2008 (in billions) Agriculture $20.2 $20.8 +0.6 Commerce 6.6 8.2 +1.6 Defense 481.4 515.4 +34.0 Education 56.0 59.2 +3.2 Energy 24.3 25.0 +0.7 Health and Human Services 69.3 70.4 +1.1 Homeland Security 34.3 37.6 +3.3 Housing and...

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