AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 11-20 of 1705

Some Presidential Management Fellows Find Their Agencies and Managers Lacking

October 16, 2014 For some presidential management fellows, their two-year stint working for Uncle Sam isn’t quite living up to their expectations, according to a new survey. While the prestigious and competitive program still remains overwhelmingly popular -- 80 percent of respondents to the survey conducted by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service ...

Some Defense Travelers Will Have Their Per Diem Rates Cut

October 15, 2014 The Defense Department is reducing per diem allowances for employees on extended travel to save money, but several lawmakers and at least one union aren’t happy about it. The department has proposed that beginning Nov. 1, employees on government travel to one location for more than 30 days receive a ...

Defense Civilians Are Losing Faith in Senior Management

October 14, 2014 Defense Department civilian employees are losing faith in their senior leaders, according to new data released by the department. Fifty-three percent of Defense workers who responded to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey agreed that their organization’s top leaders “maintain high standards of honesty and integrity,” compared to 56 percent ...

Union Urges Protection for Federal Workers at Possible Risk for Ebola Exposure

October 10, 2014 A federal employee union is urging agencies to “take all necessary measures” to protect government employees working at the country’s ports of entry from possible exposure to the Ebola virus. American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. said union members at agencies including the Transportation Security Administration ...

Feds Should Keep an Eye on the Race to Replace Darrell Issa

October 9, 2014 Federal employees following the mid-term congressional races should tune into another contest that could more directly affect their pay and jobs: The campaign to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Current Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is at the end of his term-limited six-year tenure ...

Millennials' Romance With Government is Short-Lived

October 8, 2014 Millennials working for the federal government enjoy their jobs, but aren’t staying in them very long, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Those born after 1980 make up 16 percent of the current federal workforce, and 86 percent of Millennial respondents in the upcoming 2014 ...

The Time Feds Spend on Union Biz Inches Up

October 7, 2014 This story has been updated. Federal employees spent slightly more time at work on union activities in fiscal 2012 than they did in fiscal 2011, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The overall increase – 1.3 percent – was negligible: Feds spent 3.43 million hours ...

OPM Takes Baby Steps Toward Reducing the Retirement Backlog in Sept.

October 6, 2014 The retirement claims backlog continued to drop incrementally in September, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM received 6,350 new retirement applications in September, 950 less than expected. The backlog is now at 12,767 claims -- 330 fewer claims than in August. OPM reported that ...

Wanted: The Next Crop of Presidential Management Fellows

October 2, 2014 Uncle Sam is now seeking applications through Oct. 15 from students and recent graduates of advanced degree programs for the next crop of Presidential Management Fellows. The prestigious program is open to those who will have received an advanced degree between Oct. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2015. Candidates go ...

How to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Forms

October 1, 2014 The board that administers the Thrift Savings Plan has some simple but important advice for successfully submitting forms to make changes to TSP accounts. In a new YouTube video, the TSP board offers five tips to help federal employees complete TSP requests, including those for withdrawals, and to do so ...