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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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Trump’s First Budget Could Be A Unique Mix of Severe Cuts and Increased Spending

January 23, 2017 Now that President Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the 45th commander-in-chief, his next major task is unveiling a fiscal 2018 budget proposal for federal agencies that reflects his America First vision for the government. Crafting a budget proposal for Congress to review and debate is always a...

Trump’s First Budget Could Be A Unique Mix of Severe Cuts and Increased Spending

January 20, 2017 Now that President Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the 45th commander-in-chief, his next major task is unveiling a fiscal 2018 budget proposal for federal agencies that reflects his America First vision for the government. Crafting a budget proposal for Congress to review and debate is always a...

Inside How Federal Agencies Will Operate in Trump's First Days

January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump is sending more than 500 temporary political appointees to federal agencies across government and retaining more than 50 appointees nominated by President Obama, according to a spokesman, as part of an effort to be “locked and loaded” on day one. Deploying temporary Schedule C employees to agencies,...

Federal Jobs, Hiring, Firing and More

January 18, 2017 Hiring managers and human resources staff should review interim rules issued Wednesday that implement a new law allowing agencies to share information about job applicants to streamline federal hiring. The interim rules from the Office of Personnel Management on the 2015 Competitive Service Act outline the process through which agencies...

Obama Wants Senior Leaders at Interior, NOAA to Receive Training to Combat ‘Unconscious Bias’

January 17, 2017 President Obama is directing federal agencies that oversee natural resources to make mandatory “unconscious bias” training for senior leaders and managers as part of a larger effort to promote diversity within the federal workforce. In one of his last memoranda as president, Obama said he wanted to “ensure that all...

OPM’s Guidance on Firing Bad Employees Will Remind You That It’s Complicated

January 13, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday reminded federal managers that they have several tools at their disposal to discipline poor performers or employees engaged in misconduct. OPM released 22-page guidance -- not intended to be “comprehensive” -- outlining the various disciplinary procedures for Title 5 employees, depending on whether...

OPM: FEHBP Carriers Should Focus on Rising Prescription Drug Use and Costs

January 12, 2017 All insurance carriers participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in 2018 should continue their efforts to effectively manage prescription drug use among beneficiaries while trying to rein in escalating costs, the Office of Personnel Management advised in its annual call letter to FEHBP carriers. OPM wants carriers to...

Dr. Ben Carson Wants to Pick The Brains of HUD Employees

January 12, 2017 Dr. Ben Carson on Thursday said he plans to tap the knowledge and experience of seasoned Housing and Urban Development employees to help him lead the agency. “We have people there who have been there for 10, 20, 30, even 40 years,” President-elect Trump’s HUD secretary nominee said of the...

Trump Taps Obama Appointee As VA Secretary

January 11, 2017 This story has been updated. Dr. David Shulkin, the undersecretary of health at the Veterans Affairs Department, is President-elect Donald’s Trump choice to head the government’s second-largest federal agency. Trump announced the pick Wednesday during his first press conference as president-elect. The VA job was one of the last Cabinet...

Obama's Track Record on Federal Pay and Benefits

January 11, 2017 President Obama’s legacy, like that of all presidents, rests somewhat in the eye of the beholder. For many, the 44th commander-in-chief forever will be linked to his eponymous health care reform law and his epic tussles with Congress. But for most federal employees, the real Obama legacy isn’t about policies,...