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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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Can You Apply for Phased Retirement This Fall? It Depends on Your Agency

August 29, 2014 Many federal employees interested in phased retirement are going to have to wait to apply until 2015 at the earliest, according to reports from feds in multiple agencies. The Office of Personnel Management issued final rules on partial retirement in August, more than two years after Congress passed the law, ...

Temp Feds Are One Step Closer to Health Insurance

August 28, 2014 A federal employee union is urging the government to provide temporary and seasonal workers access to health insurance as soon as possible. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents many temporary Internal Revenue Service workers employed during tax season, commented on the current draft regulations detailing the expansion of the ...

Military Families Are More Worried Than Ever About the Effects of Budget Cuts

August 27, 2014 Downsizing within the Defense Department and the long-term impacts of sequestration are creating anxiety about job security among military service members and their families, according to a new survey. Forty-six percent of middle-class military families (those in pay grades E-6 and above with annual household incomes of at least $50,000) ...

Military Bonuses Affected Despite Sequestration’s Hiatus

August 27, 2014 Sequestration is on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean federal employees and military members still aren’t feeling its effects on their pay while the automatic spending cuts hibernate. Case in point: Some Marines reporting for special duty assignments after Oct. 1 will receive less bonus pay than in previous years because ...

COLA Boost is Hovering Around 1.8 Percent Now

August 26, 2014 Federal and military retirees might have noticed a slight dip in 2015 cost-of-living adjustment calculations, based on the latest data from the Labor Department. The exact cost-of-living adjustment for next year won’t be known until October when all the numbers are in, but plugging into the formula the latest available ...

Is This the Right Time for the White House to Promote Working from Home?

August 25, 2014 Agencies should not create “arbitrary and unnecessary barriers” to telework or other work flexibilities available to federal employees, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The government should be “doing its best” to offer such benefits to the workforce, although OPM emphasized that employee requests for workplace ...

Travel Per Diems Aren’t Changing in Fiscal 2015

August 15, 2014 Government travel per diem rates will not change in fiscal 2015, according to the General Services Administration. “The standard lodging per diem rate will remain at $83,” according to a notice published in Friday’s Federal Register. “The meals and incidental expense tiers also remain unchanged for fiscal 2014 and range ...

Civilians in Iraq to Get Higher Premium Pay

August 13, 2014 Civilian federal employees working on stabilization efforts in Iraq are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of 2014, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The July 22 memorandum from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta -- released after a May directive from President Obama extended ...

Civilians in Iraq To Get Higher Premium Pay

August 13, 2014 Civilian federal employees working on stabilization efforts in Iraq are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of 2014, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The July 22 memorandum from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta -- released after a May directive from President Obama extended ...

How Phased Retirement Affects Your TSP

August 13, 2014 As feds gear up for Nov. 6 – the date retirement-eligible employees can begin submitting their applications for phased retirement – we will to try to periodically address your questions and inform you about how it will affect your pay and benefits. In that spirit, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment ...