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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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How VA Is Trying to Rewrite the Story on Caring for Vets

April 9, 2015 Every government agency deals regularly with bad press. But the public relations nightmare that exploded after long-standing management problems at the Veterans Affairs Department finally got Washington’s attention is in a league of its own. Veterans waiting months for medical appointments, employees falsifying data records, and an outbreak of Legionnaires’...

Executive Order Protecting LGBT Contract Workers Takes Effect

April 8, 2015 President Obama’s executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against applicants and employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity officially took effect on Wednesday. The order, which expands on an executive order issued by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating against any employee...

Widespread Power Outages Send Some Washington-Area Feds Home

April 7, 2015 This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management sent home the agency’s non-essential employees on Tuesday afternoon because of an unexpected power outage that hit the Washington, D.C., region. OPM’s headquarters at the Theodore Roosevelt federal building in Washington lost power as did several other agencies in the...

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in March

April 7, 2015 The retirement claims backlog fell 14 percent between February and March, and the Office of Personnel Management is processing applications a bit faster, according to the latest agency data. The backlog, which hit an 18-month high of 24,014 claims in February, dropped to 20,594 claims in March. OPM reported that...

Congress Doesn’t Have Appetite For Messing with the G Fund, Senator Says

April 6, 2015 A House proposal to limit the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities fund to help reduce the deficit is unlikely to become reality, according to one Democratic senator. “I think we are going to be very reluctant to fool around with the Thrift Savings option,” said...

Senator: I'll 'Stand in Front of the Bus' to Protect Federal Pay and Benefits

April 2, 2015 Federal employees at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday expressed concern over repeated proposals to reduce their compensation, as well as restrictions on their ability to travel and attend conferences for work, during a town hall with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Cardin, who represents a state with a large...

Higher Premium Pay, Health and Wellness, and Federal Women

April 1, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management is reminding agencies of some pay and benefits-related changes in the latest Defense authorization law that affect many federal employees. Some civilian employees working overseas in certain countries in the Middle East and Africa are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of...

Senior Execs to Congress: Making Us At-Will Employees Will 'Destroy' Us

April 1, 2015 Current and former senior executives fear that making it easier to fire top career officials will politicize the top ranks of government, erode morale, and damage efforts to recruit and retain talented employees, according to a new survey. Eighty-seven percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the Senior Executives...

White House Teases Its Support for Military Compensation Reform

March 31, 2015 President Obama will let Congress know by April 30 which recommendations to reform the military’s compensation system he’d like to see implemented first. “My administration fully supports the underlying objectives of each of the commission’s 15 recommendations,” Obama wrote in March 30 letters to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate...

Obama Will Weigh In By April 30 On Military Panel's Proposed Compensation Reforms

March 30, 2015 President Obama will let Congress know by April 30 which recommendations to reform the military’s compensation system he’d like to see implemented first. “My administration fully supports the underlying objectives of each of the commission’s 15 recommendations,” Obama wrote in March 30 letters to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate...