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 Issues Plan to Give Feds 1.6 Percent Pay Raise in 2017

August 31, 2016 This story has been updated. President Obama issued an alternative pay plan Wednesday, giving civilian federal employees a 1.6 percent raise in 2017. The total figure includes a 1 percent base increase, and a 0.6 percent locality pay bump, matching the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2017 budget...

Poll: Americans Don't Think Government Is Doing a Good Job Combating Poverty

August 31, 2016 More than one-third of Americans believe government efforts over the past few decades to fight poverty have actually made matters worse for the poor, partly because anti-poverty programs have not been well-designed, according to a new survey. In fact, among poll respondents considered poor, 40 percent of them believed that...

OPM Proposal Could Change Health Care Coverage For Some Employees

August 30, 2016 A new proposed rule would allow agencies to require some employees to keep paying their health insurance premiums when they are on leave without pay. The change under consideration would give agencies the option of requiring certain LWOP employees to pay-as-they-go to maintain their coverage under the Federal Employees Health...

Libertarians Want Answers From Vets Group Over Gary Johnson Diss

August 29, 2016 Libertarians want to know why a major veterans group didn’t invite their presidential candidate to appear at a Sept. 7 forum on national security and veterans issues alongside the Democratic and Republican nominees. “Perhaps you can provide details about why you’ve chosen to exclude from your forum only one of...

OPM Wants Agencies To Review Their Telework Data

August 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management wants federal agencies to take a closer look at their telework data to ensure greater accuracy when it comes to reporting the benefit’s use throughout government. OPM is asking agencies to work with human resources staff and telework managing officers to examine their telework reports...

OPM Wants Agencies To Review Their Telework Data

August 19, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management wants federal agencies to take a closer look at their telework data to ensure greater accuracy when it comes to reporting the benefit’s use throughout government. OPM is asking agencies to work with human resources staff and telework managing officers to examine their telework reports...

More Federal Agencies Reach Out to Louisiana Flood Victims

August 18, 2016 The Housing and Urban Development Department is expediting housing disaster relief aid to flood-ravaged Louisiana, including rebuilding grants, mortgage insurance for homeowners and assistance to low-income renters. “Families who may have been forced from their homes need to know that help is available to begin the rebuilding process,” said HUD...

Union: Rank-and-File Employees Deserve Bigger Bonuses Next Year, Too

August 18, 2016 A federal employee union says lifting the bonus cap for senior executives across government in fiscal 2017 without doing the same for other employees will lead to “significant morale issues” at agencies. The National Treasury Employees Union has asked the Obama administration, which is raising the aggregate spending cap on...

FEMA Could Put Some Louisiana Flood Victims in Temporary Trailers

August 17, 2016 This story has been updated with comment from the Postal Service. All housing options are on the table to help Louisiana residents displaced by August’s historic and deadly floods, including placing them in temporary trailers, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said...

The Very Best Senior Executives Can Get Bigger Bonuses Next Year

August 16, 2016 Agencies can reward top senior executives with more bonus money in fiscal 2017, and the Obama administration is reminding them to use that increased flexibility wisely. The aggregate spending cap on agency performance awards for those in the Senior Executive Service as well as other senior-level career positions will go...

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