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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OPM Wants to Boost Death Benefits For Feds By $90K

September 16, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management wants to significantly increase death benefits for federal civilian employees killed on the job from $10,000 to $100,000. OPM on Friday sent a legislative proposal to the House and Senate requesting Congress to increase the current death gratuity rate $90,000 for civilian workers killed in...

Outlook Is Decent For a 2017 COLA

September 16, 2016 There is still a decent chance federal retirees will see a 2017 cost-of-living adjustment, based on the latest data released on Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the Consumer Price Index for August on Sept. 16, which includes data critical to the COLA calculation. The annual COLA for all...

Congress Tries to Avoid a Government Shutdown As Oct. 1 Nears

September 15, 2016 Lawmakers are working behind the scenes to cobble together a continuing resolution in the next two weeks to keep the government open past Oct. 1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has scheduled for Monday evening a vote to proceed on a short-term continuing resolution that funds the government through...

House Votes to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

September 15, 2016 The House on Wednesday passed major legislation that would reform the disciplinary process for personnel at the Veterans Affairs Department by making it easier to fire and demote employees. H.R. 5620, which passed on a 310-116 vote, reduces the amount of time allotted to notify and discipline VA employees the...

VA Managers Will Soon Be Able to Track Employee Complaint Data

September 14, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department in November will roll out a program that gives managers quantitative data about personnel disputes and complaints within the VA so they can track settlements and help instill greater accountability throughout the workforce. The initiative, developed by VA’s Office of Human Resources and Administration, will use...

White House Won't Veto Bill Making It Easier to Fire All VA Workers

September 13, 2016 This story has been updated with additional comment. The White House called provisions in a House bill that would make it easier to fire and demote all employees at the Veterans Affairs Department “misguided and burdensome” but stopped short of saying President Obama should veto the legislation if it reaches...

OPM Touts Upgrades to Federal Jobs Site

September 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management this week is touting upgrades made over the past year to simplify and improve USAJOBS, the much-maligned website most people use to apply for jobs in the federal government. USAJOBS, which posts more than 14,000 federal jobs each month, has undergone several makeovers since the...

OPM Touts Upgrades to Federal Jobs Site

September 12, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management this week is touting upgrades made over the past year to simplify and improve USAJOBS, the much-maligned website most people use to apply for jobs in the federal government. USAJOBS, which posts more than 14,000 federal jobs each month, has undergone several makeovers since the...

Presidential Candidates Prove Fixing the VA is Much Easier Said Than Done

September 8, 2016 The focus on improving veterans’ lives and their access to health care during Wednesday night’s live commander-in-chief forum underscored the importance of reforming and effectively managing the Veterans Affairs Department – and the difficulty presidential candidates have articulating their plans to accomplish that. Service members and vets questioned the Democratic...

9/11 Documentary Recalls How Pentagon Employees Stayed On The Job During Disaster

September 8, 2016 Disasters teach us painful but valuable lessons about survival, leadership and community. They also reveal truths about the government agencies and employees tasked with protecting us. On Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines 77 flew into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., at 9:37 a.m., killing 184 people – one of four...

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