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 51-60 of 1656

Bill Would Give Civilian Employees in Combat Zones Tax Break

June 13, 2014 Civilian federal employees serving in combat zones would receive the same tax credit available to military personnel who work alongside them, under a new bipartisan bill. The Combat Zone Tax Parity Act (H.R. 4621) aims to address a shortage of civilian workers staffing dangerous regions by extending a federal income ...

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Really Know How Many Political Vacancies Agencies Have

June 12, 2014 The government doesn’t have a good system for keeping track of vacancies in top agency jobs, and Congress is largely to blame for that, according to a new report from a Washington think tank. The Office of Personnel Management and Government Accountability Office maintain “limited” data on political appointments below ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Could Be Eliminated by Year’s End

June 11, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the retirement claims backlog last month, decreasing it by 12 percent between April and May, and processing more applications than expected. The backlog at the end of May was 14,551 claims -- the lowest it has been since December 2013, ...

Agencies Will Start Hearing What Their Employees Really Think This Summer

June 10, 2014 Agencies will receive the latest feedback on employee morale and job satisfaction beginning in August, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday. The federal workforce now is filling out the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, a tool that assesses how employees feel about compensation, management and their jobs. Managers are “very ...

HUD May Have Broken Law When It Paid Salary of Senior Advisor

June 9, 2014 The Housing and Urban Development Department may have broken the law when it paid more than $620,000 in compensation to a senior advisor on detail from a non-profit organization. HUD “incorrectly” used funds from the Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Office of Housing to pay $622,369 in ...

Federal Government Continues to Shed Jobs

June 6, 2014 The federal government overall lost about 5,000 jobs in May, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal jobs, excluding the U.S. Postal Service, decreased by 2,800 last month while the Postal Service lost 1,600 jobs in May, after gaining 800 jobs in April. The federal ...

Improper Hiring at Treasury Bureau Possibly Affected Veterans

June 5, 2014 This story has been updated. A White House nomination is on hold, and lawmakers are raising questions over possible violations of veterans’ preference because of a flap over improper hiring practices at the Treasury Department. Two congressional Republicans are requesting more information from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network over an ...

Federal Employees Have Lost All Furlough Appeals So Far

June 4, 2014 All the adjudicated appeals from federal employees who were furloughed because of sequestration and are seeking back pay so far have been denied, according to a new report. The Merit Systems Protection Board, tasked with processing 32,400 initial furlough appeals filed in fiscal 2013, has processed about 2,000 of those ...

Thrift Savings Plan Funds Move Back to Black in May

June 2, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan looked healthier in May than in April, with all the funds in the black last month, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, emerged ...

Who is Sloan Gibson, the New Acting Head of VA?

May 30, 2014 The man temporarily replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has decades of experience in the non-profit and private sectors, but has only served at the sprawling federal department for just over three months. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson will take over as acting head of the department, President ...