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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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VHA Failed To Recoup Nearly $800K in Employee Recruitment and Relocation Debt in Fiscal 2014

January 9, 2017 The Veterans Health Administration, which relies heavily on financial incentives to recruit and retain critical staff, did not try to recoup outstanding debts of nearly $800,000 in fiscal 2014 from employees who should have reimbursed the government, according to a new report from the Veterans Affairs Department’s watchdog. The audit,...

Nominate An Outstanding Federal Employee For An ‘Oscar’

January 6, 2017 Federal employees have until the end of Jan. 15 to nominate outstanding colleagues for a 2017 Service to America award. The prestigious annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals honor the best of the federal workforce, selecting winners based on the impact of their work, an appreciation for innovation,...

Government Needs Tech-Savvy Leaders to Succeed, Says Outgoing OMB Chief

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies without tech-savvy senior leadership will not succeed in carrying out their missions, warned outgoing Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in his White House exit memo. If agencies don’t continue to recruit “a critical mass” of top officials with a “high tech IQ” who are intimately...

Government Needs Tech-Savvy Leaders to Succeed, Says Outgoing OMB Chief

January 5, 2017 Federal agencies without tech-savvy senior leadership will not succeed in carrying out their missions, warned outgoing Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in his White House exit memo. If agencies don’t continue to recruit “a critical mass” of top officials with a “high tech IQ” who are intimately...

Most Calif. National Guard Soldiers Won't Have to Repay Improper Bonuses

January 4, 2017 Most of the service members who received improper reenlistment bonuses from the California National Guard probably will not have to pay back the Defense Department, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. Approximately 17,500 California National Guard soldiers were overpaid by recruiters between 2004 and 2010, and were on the hook...

2017 Pay Tables for Federal Employees Are Out

January 3, 2017 Senior executives will earn between $1,231 and $1,900 more in annual salary in 2017, according to the new SES pay table, effective Jan. 1. For members of the Senior Executive Service under a certified SES performance appraisal system, the maximum annual salary will increase to $187,000 in 2017, up from...

Trump’s 100-Day Plan For Federal Employees and Agencies

December 23, 2016 While it’s an arbitrary timeline, the first 100 days of an American president’s term are viewed as a harbinger of accomplishments and failures to come. But since the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who coined the term, we’ve judged every new commander-in-chief by his successes and setbacks between January 20...

Obama to Agencies: Do A Better Job Helping Immigrants in the Military Navigate Government

December 22, 2016 President Obama on Thursday directed federal agencies to do a better job making sure immigrants who serve in the U.S. military and their families have access to benefits and other assistance for which they are eligible. Despite the efforts of the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to...

New Leadership at VA Committees, But Likely Same Priorities

December 21, 2016 The leadership of the congressional committees overseeing Veterans Affairs will be different in January, but lawmakers’ focus on improving access to health care for vets and strengthening employee accountability at the department likely will remain the same. Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe, a physician and an Army vet, will take...

NASA, Defense Boast the Most 2016 Presidential Rank Award Winners

December 20, 2016 Thirty-six senior executives received the government’s top award for excellence in civil service in 2016, according to information from the Office of Personnel Management. The list of 2016 Presidential Rank Award winners, obtained by Government Executive, named 36 Distinguished Executive winners, the highest honor for career civil servants, and 102...