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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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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 ...

Uncle Sam Will Ask Feds About Pay, Job Satisfaction This Spring

April 14, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management will begin soliciting feedback later this month from federal employees on compensation, morale and job satisfaction as part of its annual workforce survey. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta sent a memo to agency leaders on Friday notifying them of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which ...

Uncle Sam Has Shrunk the Gender Pay Gap Over the Past 20 Years

April 11, 2014 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 a new study. The pay disparity was even smaller among federal managers ...

House Votes to Increase Feds’ Pension Contributions

April 10, 2014 The House on Thursday passed a fiscal 2015 budget resolution that would require federal employees to contribute more to their pensions and shrink the government workforce. The chamber approved the Republican budget shepherded by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in a 219-205 vote. The concurrent resolution is ...

House Panel: No Pay Raises for Congress in 2015

April 9, 2014 A House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would freeze congressional pay for the sixth consecutive year. The Appropriations Committee on voice vote advanced its fiscal 2015 legislative branch spending bill, which includes a provision preventing lawmakers from receiving a pay increase next year. Rank-and-file lawmakers currently earn $174,000 a ...