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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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Obama Signs TSP Bill Into Law

December 19, 2014 It’s official: New federal employees automatically will be enrolled in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. President Obama signed the bipartisan Smart Savings Act into law on Thursday, along with a raft of other bills. The law changes the default enrollment fund in ...

FEMA Spent Billions on Disaster Assistance Overhead During the Last Decade

December 18, 2014 The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent nearly $13 billion during the last decade on administrative costs related to major disaster assistance, on average more than double what it spent in the 1990s. The amount FEMA devoted to overhead expenses -- including compensation and travel costs for disaster relief workers, rent ...

OPM Changes Snow Day Leave Policy

December 17, 2014 Federal employees scheduled to be on vacation or sick leave when Washington-area federal offices close because of bad weather now will be charged for that leave, under a new policy from the Office of Personnel Management. The change is necessary to reflect the 21st century mobile workplace, according to OPM. ...

Congress Approves Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

December 11, 2014 The Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. It now heads to President Obama for his signature. The bipartisan Smart Savings Act would change the default enrollment fund in the ...

Feds, Troops Still On Track for a 1 Percent Pay Raise in 2015

December 10, 2014 Federal civilian employees and military service members would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year under the long-term spending package congressional appropriators unveiled late on Tuesday. The $1.01 trillion omnibus package, which funds most of the government through September 30, 2015, allows for a 1 percent pay boost for ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Progress Plateaus

December 8, 2014 After making progress earlier this year on eliminating the retirement claims backlog, the Office of Personnel Management is now back to where it was at this time last year, according to the latest statistics. The backlog of retirement claims filed by federal employees was at 14,039 by the end of ...

Government Doled Out Less Money in 2013 to Help Feds Repay Student Loans

December 5, 2014 The federal government last year significantly cut back on one of its most popular but rare perks – the repayment of federal employees’ student loans. Thirty-one agencies awarded more than $52.9 million in student loan repayment benefits to 7,314 federal employees in 2013. That’s nearly 31 percent fewer workers who ...

House OKs Bill With Pay Raise for Troops, Pay Freeze for Some Officers

December 4, 2014 The House on Thursday passed a $585 billion Defense authorization bill that would give service members a 1 percent pay raise in 2015. Lawmakers upheld the president’s recommendation to give troops a 1 percent pay boost next year – the same amount they received in 2014 – and slightly less ...

Military Pay Raise Set for 1 Percent

December 3, 2014 Service members are on track to receive a 1 percent pay increase next year, slightly less than the 1.8 percent boost that would take place automatically under the annual cost-of-living adjustment. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees released summaries on Tuesday of the final version of the fiscal 2015 ...

Military Pay Raise Set For 1 Percent

December 3, 2014 Service members are on track to receive a 1 percent pay increase next year, slightly less than the 1.8 percent boost that would take place automatically under the annual cost-of-living adjustment. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees released summaries on Tuesday of the final version of the fiscal 2015 ...