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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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Obama Likely to Speak to Senior Executives on Dec. 15

December 10, 2015 President Obama is expected to speak to members of the Senior Executive Service and other top leaders next Tuesday, updating them on efforts to reform the government’s elite cadre of career officials and honoring the best among them. The Dec. 15 address, billed by the White House as “Unlocking the...

Shipyard Senators Want Pentagon Travel Cuts Repealed

December 10, 2015 Two senators with shipyards in their states are making an eleventh-hour appeal to their colleagues to scrap year-old cuts to per diems for service members and Defense civilian employees on long-term government travel. Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Brian Schatz of Hawaii want appropriators to include language in...

VA Deputy Says Administrative Leave For Employees Will Be Exception, Not Rule

December 9, 2015 The Veterans Affairs deputy secretary on Wednesday said the department would stop “routinely” putting employees under investigation on administrative leave, instead giving them other job duties while the disciplinary process plays out. During a tense and at times combative hearing on Capitol Hill, Sloan Gibson told the House Veterans’ Affairs...

Republican Offers Feds ‘Heartfelt’ Thanks And An Apology For Breakfast

December 8, 2015 A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday handed federal employees some unexpected gifts this holiday season: An apology and a thank you. “I close with a heartfelt thank you on behalf of Congress, and all of those who never tell you in the way that they should, that they appreciate the federal...

NASA Is the Best Place to Work in Government, Homeland Security is the Worst--Again

December 8, 2015 The level of job satisfaction among federal employees at agencies with similar missions in areas such as law enforcement and public health varies widely, according to a new analysis of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.” For the first time, the authors of the report – which...

Putting Civilians in US Troop Support Jobs Could Save Billions, Report Says

December 7, 2015 Replacing military personnel in Defense Department support jobs with civilian employees could eventually save the federal government billions annually, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis. Converting 80,000 full-time jobs held by active-duty service members to civilian positions could yield between $3.1 billion and $5.7 billion per year in...

Replacing Military Personnel With Civilians in Support Jobs Could Save Government Billions

December 4, 2015 Replacing military personnel in Defense Department support jobs with civilian employees could eventually save the federal government billions annually, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis. Converting 80,000 full-time jobs held by active-duty service members to civilian positions could yield between $3.1 billion and $5.7 billion per year in...

Punishment for VA Senior Executives Delayed Because of ‘Administrative Error’

December 3, 2015 This story has been updated. An administrative error has forced the Veterans Affairs Department to rescind the punishment for two senior executives who were demoted after the department's watchdog found they used their positions of authority for personal gain, the VA said on Thursday. VA still plans to demote and...

Feds, Which Benefits Do You Love?

December 2, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management wants to know what federal employees think about their benefits. OPM will send a survey to a random sample of roughly 40,000 government workers next week “to measure the importance, adequacy and value of employee benefits” and to make sure those benefits are in sync...

Bill Would Allow VA To Recoup Relocation Benefits

December 1, 2015 A new House bill would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to recoup relocation expenses from employees. The legislation would give the secretary broad authority to claw back all, or a portion of, moving costs paid to or on behalf of any department employee. The bill would be retroactive, meaning it...