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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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Watchdog dismisses TRICARE bid protest

July 3, 2012 The government’s watchdog on Monday denied a protest over a multibillion-dollar contract from a company that provides health care to millions of service members and their families. TriWest Healthcare Alliance lost its bid protest over the Defense Department’s March decision to award a $20.4 billion contract to UnitedHealth Group to...

Wielding The Ax

July 1, 2012 Urban legend says it’s impossible to fire a federal employee for anything less than committing murder. The recent scandals involving feds at the General Services Administration (misusing taxpayer funds) and the Secret Service (procuring prostitutes) have revived the old saw: What does a federal employee have to do to get...

Will Feds Pay for Student Loans and Highways?

June 28, 2012 Here we go again. It’s a few days before major legislation expires, Congress is about to go on recess and federal employees’ benefits hang in the balance. This is familiar territory for those who watch federal pay and benefits issues closely: In the last year and a half, this scenario...

Panel approves funds to avoid Weather Service furloughs

June 27, 2012 A House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday approved a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to reallocate money within the agency to cover a budget shortfall that could have resulted in furloughs at the National Weather Service. NOAA asked lawmakers recently to reallocate $36 million to cover the spending...

First governmentwide SES leadership session kicks off this week

June 26, 2012 Top federal managers and Obama administration officials will gather Thursday in Washington to kick off the first governmentwide senior executive leadership development program, according to people familiar with the event. The program, known as Leading EDGE, wants to boost collaboration among agencies and senior executives to “inspire new approaches to...

Women, minorities inch up federal ranks

June 25, 2012 The federal workforce looked pretty much the same in fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Women and minorities continued to make small gains in senior-level federal jobs, and there are still more minorities overall working in government than in the...

NOAA is ‘doing everything possible’ to avoid furloughs

June 21, 2012 Officials are “doing everything possible” to avoid furloughs at the National Weather Service, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. “Reprogramming [of funds] has to happen as soon as possible,” Janet Lubchenco told reporters after a House hearing on the internal Commerce Department investigation into the...

Bill bans bonuses for feds under investigation

June 20, 2012 Federal employees at the General Services Administration who are under investigation for misconduct would not receive bonuses under an amendment to a House spending bill. The House Appropriations Committee accepted the amendment, offered by Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, as part of the fiscal 2013 Financial Services and General Government spending...

The silence on next year’s pay raise continues

June 20, 2012 The House Appropriations Committee advanced a spending bill Wednesday that does not contain a pay raise for federal workers in 2013. The full panel followed the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee’s lead and stayed silent on whether to allocate funds for a federal civilian pay boost. The Financial Services...

Top NIST employees could see smaller bonuses in 2013

June 18, 2012 Many top employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology could see smaller bonuses as a result of upcoming changes to the agency’s personnel management system. NIST is required to award to high-performing employees at the top of their payband bonuses that at least equal the increase those workers...

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