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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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Pension Tension

July 28, 2011 A House lawmaker on Wednesday launched another attack on federal retirement plans, but this time congressional pensions are the target. Every time a politician utters the word "pension," the level of anxiety spikes among members of the federal workforce. The latest bill sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., should (slightly)...

Workers’ comp reform bill would hurt injured feds, witnesses say

July 27, 2011 A bill that would convert federal employees on workers' compensation to the appropriate retirement system when they reach retirement age would result in a loss of income for many of those employees, witnesses at a Senate subcommittee hearing said Tuesday. Under the 1916 Federal Employees' Compensation Act, employees disabled as...

Federal pay and benefits spared -- for now

July 26, 2011 The House and Senate debt proposals released Monday do not contain specific provisions targeting federal employees' pay or benefits, although such spending cuts likely will be part of future proposals, observers believe. The plans, released by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., both endorse...

CBO: Policymakers should consider trimming benefits to feds, vets

July 25, 2011 This story has been clarified to emphasize that CBO is nonpartisan and does not make specific policy recommendations. The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Friday reiterated that policymakers consider trimming federal employees' retirement benefits to help reduce the deficit over the long term. CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf...

Agencies lack clear guidance on telework during emergencies, report says

July 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Governmentwide guidance on telework does not clearly or comprehensively instruct agencies on incorporating the practice into their emergency planning, according to a new report. Four agencies provide guidance on telework during emergencies: the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Protective...

Agencies lack clear guidance on telework during emergencies, report says

July 22, 2011 Governmentwide guidance on telework does not clearly or comprehensively instruct agencies on incorporating the practice into their emergency planning, according to a new report. Four agencies provide guidance on telework during emergencies: the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Protective...

Union fights back against proposed cuts to pay and benefits

July 21, 2011 This story has been updated. One of the largest federal employee unions is launching a public awareness campaign to lobby against proposals targeting the pay and benefits of government workers and highlight the connection between public service and quality of life in America. The National Treasury Employees Union on Thursday...

Law and Order

July 21, 2011 Federal pay and benefits are on the chopping block with the latest raft of proposed cuts coming from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Any debt ceiling deal will more than likely include some sacrifices for government workers. There's one group of federal employees, though, that is getting enhanced retirement benefits: Customs...

Furlough Scare: Part II

July 20, 2011 Should federal employees be worried about furloughs if Congress and the administration don't reach a deal soon on raising the debt ceiling? Yes, according to William Galston, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. "Without an agreement, the government won't have the money to pay federal employees, and...

House passes balanced budget bill

July 19, 2011 The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would make raising the debt limit contingent upon congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment, a largely symbolic vote that the Senate is expected to reject. House lawmakers voted 234-190 along party lines to approve the 2011 Cut, Cap and Balance Act...