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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GAO praises government for progress on human capital management

February 16, 2011 The Government Accountability Office still considers the federal government's stewardship of its 2.1-million-person workforce at high risk for mismanagement, but the watchdog agency said on Wednesday that Uncle Sam has made "substantial progress" in addressing human capital challenges. GAO praised the Office of Personnel Management in particular for its attention...

Lawmaker seeks federal hiring freeze

February 15, 2011 A House lawmaker reintroduced a bill late last week that would freeze hiring governmentwide except at the Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs departments. The Federal Workforce Reduction Act would reduce the size of the federal workforce by attrition: only one hire for every two employees who retire or leave...

Budget includes 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel

February 14, 2011 At a time when the administration is emphasizing belt-tightening and the need for federal employees to sacrifice to help reduce the deficit, President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget request proposes a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel and allocates an overall $8.3 billion for education, housing and other quality of...

House lawmakers reintroduce paid parental leave bill

February 11, 2011 Lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would give all federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Employees currently can use a combination of paid annual leave, paid sick leave and unpaid leave for childbirth or adoption under the 1993 Family and...

OPM launches online university for human resources managers

February 8, 2011 The government on Tuesday launched an online tool designed to provide federal human resources managers with better training. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced the first phase of its Human Resources University, a Web-based platform offering a course catalog, career guide for current...

Getting Out In Front Of The GOP Budget Knife

February 7, 2011 By Charles S. Clark "The easy cuts are behind us," wrote Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew in a Saturday op-ed in The New York Times. In what might be seen as a bid to model the self-sacrificing behavior the Obama White House would like to see from...

Unscheduled Leave for D.C. Feds on Wednesday

February 1, 2011 Washington-area federal employees can take another day of unscheduled leave on Wednesday due to winter weather, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The federal government will be open. Here's the full memo: On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have...

OPM Announces Early Departure for DC Feds

January 26, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management has authorized a two-hour early departure for federal employees in the Washington area on Wednesday due to expected snowfall in the region this evening. Non-emergency employees can leave two hours before their typical departure time from work today and OPM will grant them administrative leave...

Agencies unveil renewable energy roadmap

December 16, 2010 A draft environmental analysis the Energy and Interior departments unveiled Thursday calls for creating a solar energy program that would standardize the authorization process and stipulate mandatory design features for such development on federal land in the West. The proposal, which will be published in the Dec. 17 Federal Register,...

See Something? Say Something

December 9, 2010 By Brian Kalish The Homeland Security Department, GSA and Federal Protective Service said Wednesday the "see something, say something" campaign will be expanded to 9,000 federal buildings owned or leased by GSA nationwide. In the coming weeks, public awareness materials for the campaign will be posted in buildings and signage...

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