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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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The Most and Least Innovative Federal Agencies

April 24, 2014 NASA for the fourth consecutive year tops the list of most innovative large federal agencies, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s analysis of government data. The agency, which scored 76 points out of 100 on the innovation scale, also accomplished a first in 2013: NASA is the parent agency ...

Feds Don't Feel the Government Is Rewarding Innovation

April 24, 2014 Federal employees overall believe innovation in government is declining, and that agencies do not sufficiently reward forward-thinking in general, an analysis of government data shows. The so-called governmentwide “innovation score” dropped 2.1 points to 59.4 out of 100 points from 2012 to 2013 – the lowest score since 2010. Employees’ ...

Can Feds Use the Student Loan Repayment Benefit For Their Kids?

April 24, 2014 I’ve been writing recently about the federal student loan repayment benefit since House Republicans again targeted it for elimination this month. The benefit, which helps eligible federal employees pay off federally insured student loans, has been around for more than a decade. But it’s not a widespread perk because it’s ...

Budget and Personnel Cuts Have Hurt the IRS

April 22, 2014 Budget cuts and staff reductions at the Internal Revenue Service over the past four years have hurt the agency’s ability to enforce tax laws and serve the public, according to a new report. “Performance in enforcement and taxpayer service has decreased or fluctuated” in part because the agency has been ...

New Perk Gives Federal Employees a Break on the Cost of Education

April 18, 2014 Many federal employees and their family members will be able to take advantage of a tuition discount as part of a new partnership between the government and academia. Federal workers who live outside of Maryland can receive a 25 percent discount on all undergraduate and most graduate programs offered at ...

Federal Gender Pay Gap Quiz: The Answers

April 17, 2014 1. b. 53% 2. a. $145,000 3. False. Not only did women receive more promotions on a percentage basis for those three years, they also received quality step increases more frequently than men did in 1992, 2002 and 2012. 4. d. Agriculture. The departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury ...

Quiz: Some Surprising Facts About the Federal Gender Pay Gap

April 17, 2014 A lot has changed for women in the federal workforce since 1992. The federal government has narrowed the gender pay gap by 17 cents on the dollar among its employees over the past two decades, with women earning 87 cents for every dollar a man earned in 2012, according to ...

Does a Better Fate Await this Year’s Presidential Management Fellow Finalists?

April 16, 2014 The federal government has selected its new crop of finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows Program, just two days after the ill-fated class of 2013’s one-year deadline to find jobs expired. The PMF class of 2014 no doubt hopes they will have better luck obtaining their two-year agency appointments than ...

HUD Will Post Officials' Salaries Online

April 15, 2014 The most recent salary data for the top officials running the country’s 4,000 public housing authorities will be posted online by mid-May, according to the Housing and Urban Development Department. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan confirmed that the department will publish 2013 compensation information of the highest-paid PHA officials on its ...

Did the Federal Government Pick Up Your Student Loan Tab?

April 14, 2014 The federal student loan repayment benefit has been available since 2002, but as attractive as it sounds, it’s not a widespread perk. Agencies have the authority to grant up to $10,000 a year for a total of $60,000 in student loan repayments in return for a promise of three years ...