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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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House Unanimously Approves Back Pay For Furloughed Feds

October 5, 2013 This story has been updated. The House on Saturday passed legislation that will give furloughed federal workers back pay when the government reopens. The Senate, which could take up the bill as early as Saturday, also is expected to approve the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. In a rare ...

Bill Would Put Furloughed Defense Employees Back to Work

October 3, 2013 House lawmakers are pushing legislation that would bring all furloughed Defense Department civilian employees back to work during the government shutdown. Read more on Defense One.

New House Bill Would Put Furloughed DoD Employees Back to Work

October 3, 2013 House lawmakers are pushing legislation that would bring all furloughed Defense Department civilian employees back to work during the government shutdown. The Support Our Armed Forces Act would ensure that all defense civilians would continue to work and be paid during the shutdown. It also extends pay to defense contractors, ...

Furloughed DoD Workers Will Get Paid - Eventually

October 3, 2013 The government shut down on Tuesday, furloughing nearly 1 million federal civilian employees nationwide. Most of them want to know when they can go back to work, and if Congress will give them back pay for those missed days. Both issues are still up in the air, at least at ...

Furloughed Feds Will Get Paid for Oct. 1 -- Eventually

October 3, 2013 The government shut down on Tuesday, furloughing nearly 1 million federal civilian employees nationwide. Most of them want to know when they can go back to work, and if Congress will give them back pay for those missed days. Both issues are still up in the air, at least at ...

Washington Toasts Top Feds Amid Shutdown

October 2, 2013 If anyone in Washington needs convincing that shutting down the government is a bad thing, head over to Constitution Avenue on Thursday evening in black tie attire. That’s where government and business leaders along with journalists and academics will honor nine outstanding public servants at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium ...

GOP Says DoD Doesn't Have to Furlough Civilian Workers

October 1, 2013 House Republicans are questioning the Pentagon’s plan to furlough half of its federal civilian workforce because of the government shutdown. The GOP leadership on Tuesday said the Pay Our Military Act, which President Obama signed into law on Monday before the government closed, gives the Defense Department broad flexibility to ...

Republicans Slam Pentagon Over Furloughs of Defense Civilians

October 1, 2013 House Republicans are questioning the Pentagon’s plan to furlough half of its federal civilian workforce because of the government shutdown. The GOP leadership on Tuesday said the Pay Our Military Act, which President Obama signed into law on Monday before the government closed, gives the Defense Department broad flexibility to ...

TSP Has Strong September

October 1, 2013 All the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan made gains in September, according to the latest figures from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. Last month was a welcome change from August’s returns, which were in the red, save for the government securities (G) fund. The C Fund, invested in ...

In Focus: Who Faces Furloughs?

October 1, 2013 During a government shutdown, federal agencies decide which employees to furlough and which to keep on the job. Excepted employees include workers “who are performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain other types of excepted work,” according to furlough guidance ...