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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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Want to Know How Much Top HUD Officials Make? It Will be Posted 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 ...

Student Loan Perk Doesn’t Benefit Most Federal Employees

April 8, 2014 The federal student loan repayment benefit is on the Republican chopping block again, at a time when the latest government data show that agencies are investing less in the benefit. The GOP fiscal 2015 budget proposal supports eliminating the incentive agencies have used since 2002 to recruit and retain skilled ...

Retirement Backlog Fell in March, But It’s Still Higher Than It Was 3 Months Ago

April 7, 2014 The retirement claims backlog was down 21 percent in March from February, but the government still has nearly 6,000 more applications to process now than it did in December 2013. As of the end of March, the Office of Personnel Management had a backlog of 18,573 retirement claims, after receiving ...

House Panel Approves Plan to Increase Feds’ Pension Contributions

April 3, 2014 A House panel on Wednesday approved a fiscal 2015 budget resolution that would require federal employees to contribute more to their pensions and shrink the government workforce. The Budget Committee marked up the concurrent resolution, which Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled on Tuesday, reporting it out in a 22-16 vote ...

Military Families Worry About Possible Commissary Closures

April 3, 2014 Salary, health insurance and retirement benefits most often spring to mind when federal employees think of compensation. But for military personnel and their families, another perk is just as important: the heavily-subsidized commissaries on base where they buy food and other goods. The Pentagon is proposing a 71 percent reduction ...