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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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Nearly 70% of SES Are About to Experience Their First Presidential Transition as Executives

December 19, 2016 Sixty-eight percent of the federal government’s top career corps will experience their first presidential transition in January as senior executives, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management. The bulk of the current career Senior Executive Service – composed of roughly 7,000 individuals across the executive branch – were...

Congress Allows Services to Restore Full Per Diem Rates for Defense Travelers

December 16, 2016 Lawmakers have granted relief to service members and Defense civilian employees on extended government travel from a controversial 2014 department policy that reduced their per diem rates. The individual military services would have the authority to pay the full per diem available for long-term government travel for Defense employees if...

NASA Ranked Best Place to Work in Government For Fifth Consecutive Year

December 15, 2016 The incoming Trump administration should focus on boosting the level of employee engagement among the federal workforce, according to the latest “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” analysis from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Employee engagement across government has risen slightly over the past two years,...

Groups Want Trump to Keep Secretary McDonald At VA

December 14, 2016 Twenty organizations advocating for veterans and military families on Wednesday called on President-elect Donald Trump to retain Bob McDonald as secretary of Veterans Affairs, citing his stable leadership during the largest management transformation in the department’s history. The groups, which included Got Your 6, AMVETS, and the National Military Family...

Your Country Really Needs You Right Now, Obama Tells Feds

December 13, 2016 President Obama told federal employees on Tuesday that the country really needs them right now, and that their "good work has never been more important.” In what is likely his last address to feds before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, Obama praised feds for doing hard...

Obama’s 2.1 Percent Pay Raise Announcement Boosts Locality Pay

December 12, 2016 President Obama’s surprise move last week to give civilian federal employees a 2.1 percent pay raise for 2017 means an increase in locality pay. The announcement, a combination of a 1 percent across-the-board pay bump combined with a 1.1 percent boost in locality pay, goes into effect in January 2017...

Trump Taps Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

December 5, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no housing experience, as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Despite Carson's unconventional background for the job, the selection was anticipated. Carson had alluded to an impending announcement on his Facebook page before Thanksgiving. “After serious discussions with...

Lawmakers Ask Obama to Freeze Hiring Until Trump Arrives

December 2, 2016 Two Republican senators want President Obama to implement a governmentwide hiring freeze for most federal jobs for the rest of his term so current political appointees don’t try to burrow into the civil service before the Trump administration arrives in January. Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Thom Tillis of...

TSP Funds Improve in November

December 1, 2016 The Thrift Savings Plan fared better in November than it did in October, with all but two of its offerings in the black. The S Fund, invested in small- and midsize companies, rebounded last month, increasing 7.95 percent. This made it the TSP’s top performer in November, according to the...

Officials Say There Are No Easy Fixes To Skyrocketing Long-Term Care Insurance Costs

November 30, 2016 A highly anticipated congressional hearing Wednesday on the huge premium hikes for federal long-term care insurance enrollees offered these takeaways: the increases are here to stay, officials responsible for making the faulty cost estimates admit they screwed up, and there are few ideas for fixing what has become an industry-wide...

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