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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Senate Confirms Pistole as TSA Chief

June 25, 2010 Apparently, the third time is the charm. The Senate on Friday confirmed John S. Pistole, President Obama's third choice to head the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole has a full plate waiting for him over at the agency which has not had a permanent leader in more than a year. TSA...

Florida TSP Adviser Found Dead

June 25, 2010 A Florida-based investment adviser who helped federal law enforcement officials manage their TSP accounts was found dead earlier this week of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a report in the Jacksonville Times-Union. Wayne McLeod, who ran F&S Asset Management Group, Inc., told investors in a June 18 email...

TSA Nom Moves Forward

June 24, 2010 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of John Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration. Republicans and Democrats have praised the choice of Pistole, deputy director of the FBI and a career civil servant, to lead an agency with a complicated mission and...

Biting Their Tongues

June 23, 2010 By Dawn Lim Turns out Gen. Stanley McChrystal's tête-à -tête with President Obama after his biting remarks in the July issue of Rolling Stone was the now-former top military commander's swan song. The incident likely will change how government officials conduct themselves in front of the media. What was McChrystal's...

Smoke Signals

June 22, 2010 By Dawn Lim Submarine smokers might want to consider investing in nicotine gum. By the end of this year, the Navy will ban cigarettes on board submarines to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke in those close quarters. Once a mainstay of military life, cigarette use slowly has been rolled back...

Regulating the Regulators

June 22, 2010 By Dawn Lim The former Minerals Management Service has a new boss and a new name -- Michael Bromwich, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, respectively. A "well-deserved death" to an agency known for its "unusually egregious" behavior, James Surowiecki wrote in the June 14 issue...

Defiance Beach

June 21, 2010 By Dawn Lim As the oil spill on the Gulf Coast spreads east to Florida, commissioners in Okaloosa County, Fla., are tired of waiting for the federal government to give them the green light to clean up their beaches. They're threatening to take matters into their own hands - even...

Uncle Sam shelled out more bonuses in 2009

June 11, 2010 Federal employees received more merit pay last year than in 2008, but their bonuses still paled in comparison to those doled out on Wall Street, according to new data. The Obama administration gave one in four government workers extra compensation in fiscal 2009, according to a June 10 story in...

Pay Raise: What Do You Think?

June 3, 2010 The president and Congress often disagree on fundamental issues, and the federal pay raise is no exception. The two sides perform an annual dance around the issue choreographed according to political interests. This year, President Obama is dealing with a morbidly obese budget deficit and many lawmakers are facing tough...

TSP endures a dismal May

June 1, 2010 Only two funds in the Thrift Savings Plan grew in May -- and it was modest growth at that. The F Fund, invested in fixed-income bonds, had the largest increase among the plan's 10 funds. It grew 0.85 percent in May, while the Thrift Savings Plan's most stable offering, the...

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