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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Memo to Next Administration: Rely on and Respect the Government’s Senior Executives

November 17, 2016 The incoming Trump administration should consider placing top senior executives in jobs typically held by political appointees, and think about slashing the number of overall appointed positions, the association representing senior executives recommended on Thursday. The Senior Executives Association, which just published a new handbook designed to help political appointees...

Congress Will Pursue Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Open Through March

November 17, 2016 Lawmakers will work during the lame-duck session to pass another short-term spending measure to keep the government open through March 31, 2017. House and Senate leadership have decided not to move ahead with any fiscal 2017 appropriations bills this year, instead opting to push through another continuing resolution at the...

The 40 Toughest Management Jobs in Government

November 16, 2016 What do the deputy secretary of the Energy Department, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service all have in common? They are among the 40 toughest management jobs in the federal government, according to a bipartisan nonprofit group of former government...

TRICARE Bid Protests Denied

November 15, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from Wellpoint. The government’s watchdog has rejected nine bid protests filed this past summer by three companies over a lucrative Defense Department contract to deliver health care to service members, military retirees and their families. The Government Accountability Office on Nov. 9...

Some Federal Retirees Will Have to Pay More Than Others For Medicare Part B Next Year

November 14, 2016 Many federal retirees with Medicare Part B coverage will have to pay 10 percent more in premiums beginning next year, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS just announced the new premium and deductible rates for Medicare Part B, which covers physician services...

Veterans Remain Roughly One-Third of Federal Workforce

November 11, 2016 The percentage of veterans making up the federal workforce remained the same between fiscal years 2014 and 2015, at roughly one-third, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. Vets represented 30.9 percent of the total federal workforce in fiscal 2015; 30.8 percent in fiscal 2014; and 30.1...

Bush OPM Directors Tapped For Trump’s Management and Budget Transition Team

November 10, 2016 Two former Office of Personnel Management directors are helping lead the Trump team’s transition efforts at OPM and the Office of Management and Budget. Kay Coles James and Linda Springer, who both served during the George W. Bush administration, are helping shepherd transition efforts for Republican President-Elect Trump at OPM...

Pay and Benefits Under Trump, Best Cities for Vets, and More

November 9, 2016 It’s too soon to tell what effect the 2016 presidential and congressional elections will have on federal pay and benefits. But based on what we’ve heard and seen from President-Elect Donald Trump and many Republican lawmakers so far, we could be in for some changes. Trump himself hasn’t specifically mentioned...

Watchdog: USAID Didn't Properly Account For $60 Million in Ebola Funds

November 8, 2016 The U.S. Agency for International Development mismanaged more than $60 million in funding to deal with the 2014 Ebola outbreak, according to a watchdog. The misstep related to taking money from one set of budget accounts and reimbursing a different set of accounts with separate spending authorities with fiscal 2015...

The Number of Disabled Post-9/11 Vets With VA Health Care Is Growing Despite Wait List Scandal

November 3, 2016 The percentage of disabled post-9/11 vets with health insurance through the Veterans Affairs Department has increased 11 percent over the last few years, despite the department’s well-publicized management problems and the 2014 patient wait-times scandal, according to a new survey. Seventy-one percent of injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans said they...

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