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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White House launches major effort to support military families

April 12, 2011 The White House on Tuesday launched a national initiative that focuses on the employment, education and wellness of military personnel and their families. First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced the Joining Forces initiative, which knits together a panoply of government agencies, businesses, nonprofit groups and media organizations in...

Bill would tie lawmakers’ access to retirement benefits to Social Security age

April 11, 2011 Congressional lawmakers would have to wait until they reach the Social Security retirement age to access their federal annuity benefits under new legislation. Lawmakers now do not have to wait until they turn the Social Security retirement age -- which typically ranges from 65 to 67, depending on year of...

Cuts in pay, benefits could be part of shutdown deal

April 8, 2011 This story has been updated. Cutting the pay and benefits of federal employees could be part of negotiations among lawmakers and the White House to avoid a government shutdown, according to a story in The Washington Post. The Post reported on Friday that officials are contemplating cost-saving measures that could...

Administration backs retroactive pay for feds in event of shutdown

April 7, 2011 This story has been updated. The administration favors compensating federal employees retroactively in the event of a government shutdown, a senior official with the Office of Management and Budget said on Thursday. "It's Congress' decision, but the administration supports reimbursement," said Jeff Zients, OMB deputy director for management and the...

Hundreds of thousands of feds face furloughs

April 6, 2011 A senior Obama administration official on Wednesday said hundreds of thousands of federal employees potentially could be furloughed during a government shutdown. "I don't have a specific number to point to at this point," said the official, who cited the approximately 800,000 furloughed employees during the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns...

GOP budget resolution calls for pay freeze through 2015

April 5, 2011 The chairman of the House Budget Committee on Tuesday called for a federal pay freeze through 2015 and a slowdown in government hiring as part of an overall effort to cut trillions of dollars in spending during the next decade. The GOP's fiscal 2012 budget resolution recommends a freeze on...

Union sues government over lack of shutdown information

April 5, 2011 This story has been updated. The largest federal employee union is suing the government for failing to provide its leadership with specific details on how a shutdown would affect the federal workforce. "Just call it for what it is, and explain how extensive it will be," John Gage, president of...

Managers ‘too timid’ in dealing with poor performers, OPM chief says

April 1, 2011 The government's human resources chief told lawmakers on Friday that federal managers are "too timid" when it comes to disciplining poor performers in the workforce. "I would not sit here before you and tell you that we have nailed pay for performance. We have not," said Office of Personnel Management...

Bill Would Afford Benes to New Dawn Vets

March 31, 2011 Veterans serving during Operation New Dawn in Iraq would be eligible for VA health care benefits under a bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif. Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, and marked the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and combat operations in Iraq. The legislation ensures that...

Watchdog praises VA for education on new GI bill

March 31, 2011 The Veterans Affairs Department generally does a good job informing service members of their education benefits, but could improve its outreach to disabled vets, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Awareness of the tuition benefits available to the military, particularly those under the Post-9/11 GI Bill,...

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