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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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White House Announces 15 New Leadership Development Fellows From Top Career Ranks

October 28, 2016 The Obama administration on Friday announced the second class of White House Leadership Development fellows, who will spend the next year working on management priorities and goals across government. Fifteen employees at the General Schedule-15 level from 12 different federal agencies across the country will work on a range of...

Obama Exceeds Hiring Goal For Disabled Federal Employees

October 27, 2016 The Obama administration announced Thursday that it has exceeded its five-year goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities into the federal government. Between fiscal years 2011 and 2015, the federal government hired 109,575 part- and full-time employees with disabilities, exceeding President Obama’s 2010 executive order goal of 100,000 new hires...

Pentagon Suspends Efforts to Recoup Improper Bonuses From California National Guard

October 26, 2016 Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday suspended efforts to recoup bonuses improperly paid to California National Guard members so the Pentagon can review its process for collecting erroneous payments without unfairly burdening those caught in the middle of the debacle. Carter in a statement said the suspension will “continue until...

Federal Long-Term Care Premium Spike Isn't Scaring People Away

October 25, 2016 Many federal employees and retirees with long-term care insurance will see their premiums spike significantly beginning next Tuesday. The new Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program premium rates, announced in July, kick in on Nov.1, and amount to an average increase of 83 percent, or $111 more per month, for many...

TRICARE Lowers Mental Health Care Co-Pays, Expands Treatment Options

October 12, 2016 The cost of mental health care coverage is going down for many TRICARE beneficiaries at the same time access to more treatment is expanding, according to the military health agency. TRICARE retirees, as well as non-active duty dependents and survivors, generally will pay roughly half the co-payment for outpatient mental...

Both Political Parties Believe Next Administration Should Prioritize Performance Management in Agencies

October 11, 2016 The next administration should accelerate governmentwide adoption of the performance- and evidence-based management begun under its predecessors to ensure the federal government is doing its best to improve people’s lives, according to two former Office of Management and Budget officials. “We have seen remarkable progress in recent years reducing problems...

Retirement Backlog Is Back Down

October 7, 2016 The retirement claims backlog fell in September to 15,146 applications, down from 16,334 in August, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM actually received more claims in September than it did in August – 6,946 applications compared to 6,818. The agency managed to process 8,134...

McCain Says He Will Scrap Change to Veterans’ Preference

October 6, 2016 Sen. John MCain, R-Ariz., reportedly will scrap a provision in the Senate fiscal 2017 Defense authorization bill that would have limited veterans’ preference in federal hiring to a one-time use. The senator, who is in a tough re-election fight in Arizona, sent the American Legion a letter earlier this week...

Agencies Prepare For Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016 Multiple federal agencies have been preparing for the possibility that a major hurricane could wreak havoc along the East Coast over the next few days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has response teams and supplies in place in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew travels from...

Longer Probationary Periods For New Defense Hires

October 4, 2016 The Pentagon officially has extended the probationary period for new civilian hires from one to two years. The change, mandated by the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization law, affects employees hired by Defense to permanent jobs in the competitive service, or appointed to the Senior Executive Service, on or after Nov....