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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Defense Rolls Out Phased Retirement For Civilian Employees

June 21, 2016 The Defense Department on Tuesday announced it will now allow eligible civilian employees to partially retire while remaining on the job part-time to help better manage its workforce needs. The decision by the government’s largest department to implement phased retirement – nearly four years after Congress passed a law allowing...

OPM Tries to Kickstart National Security Job Rotation Program For Feds

June 17, 2016 National security personnel who have completed an interagency rotation program in their field would receive preference over other candidates when applying for top-level national security jobs, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM is directing federal agencies to create a hiring preference for participants in a...

Former TSA Executive’s Excessive Bonuses Prompt Inquiry Into SES Awards

June 16, 2016 A Senate Democrat wants answers on bonuses awarded to federal senior executives during the past few fiscal years, after it was revealed that a former Transportation Security Administration official received $90,000 in performance awards in just 13 months. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is asking the Office of Personnel Management for...

Senate Moves to Change Vets’ Preference in Federal Hiring

June 15, 2016 In passing a major defense policy bill on Tuesday, the Senate also agreed to limit veterans’ preference in federal hiring. Veterans’ preference would only apply to a vet’s first job in federal service under a provision in the Senate fiscal 2017 Defense authorization bill. The provision, which is new this...

Federal Contractor Guidance on Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination Arrives Amid Heated Congressional Debate

June 14, 2016 The Labor Department on Wednesday will publish detailed guidance to help federal contractors comply with an executive order that prohibits companies from discriminating against LGBT employees. The June 15 final rule updates existing anti-discriminatory guidelines already on the books to include sexual orientation and gender identity and explains contractors’ obligations...

House Lawmakers Want You To Know They’ve Denied Themselves A Pay Raise Again

June 13, 2016 House lawmakers have denied themselves a pay raise for the eighth consecutive year. The chamber on Friday passed its 2017 legislative branch spending bill, which funds various administrative operations on Capitol Hill, including office expenses and salaries for members of Congress. A provision in the bill would maintain the freeze...

Carter Proposes 'Huge' Pentagon Personnel System Overhaul

June 9, 2016 The Pentagon is seeking major personnel changes to better attract and retain a talented workforce on both the military and civilian sides. Specifically, Defense wants more flexibility to promote exceptional service members more quickly through the ranks, and the ability to bypass the traditional federal hiring system to directly hire...

Carter Proposes 'Huge' Pentagon Personnel System Overhaul

June 9, 2016 The Pentagon is seeking major personnel changes to better attract and retain a talented workforce on both the military and civilian sides. Specifically, Defense wants more flexibility to promote exceptional service members more quickly through the ranks, and the ability to bypass the traditional federal hiring system to directly hire...

Are So Many Feds Really That Exceptional?

June 9, 2016 Federal employees in higher pay grades were more likely to receive top performance ratings in 2013, according to a new watchdog report. Seventy-eight percent of permanent General Schedule employees in grades 13 to 15 received performance ratings of “outstanding” and “exceeds fully successful” during calendar year 2013, the Government Accountability...

Panel Recommends New Pay and Benefits System for Much of VA Workforce

June 8, 2016 This story has been updated. A panel studying comprehensive reform to vets’ health care recommends moving the entire Veterans Health Administration workforce under one personnel category, which ultimately could increase employees’ pay but also make it easier to fire them. The congressionally-mandated Commission on Care has proposed creating “a new...

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