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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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Defiance Beach

June 21, 2010 By Dawn Lim As the oil spill on the Gulf Coast spreads east to Florida, commissioners in Okaloosa County, Fla., are tired of waiting for the federal government to give them the green light to clean up their beaches. They're threatening to take matters into their own hands - even ...

Uncle Sam shelled out more bonuses in 2009

June 11, 2010 Federal employees received more merit pay last year than in 2008, but their bonuses still paled in comparison to those doled out on Wall Street, according to new data. The Obama administration gave one in four government workers extra compensation in fiscal 2009, according to a June 10 story in ...

Pay Raise: What Do You Think?

June 3, 2010 The president and Congress often disagree on fundamental issues, and the federal pay raise is no exception. The two sides perform an annual dance around the issue choreographed according to political interests. This year, President Obama is dealing with a morbidly obese budget deficit and many lawmakers are facing tough ...

TSP endures a dismal May

June 1, 2010 Only two funds in the Thrift Savings Plan grew in May -- and it was modest growth at that. The F Fund, invested in fixed-income bonds, had the largest increase among the plan's 10 funds. It grew 0.85 percent in May, while the Thrift Savings Plan's most stable offering, the ...

Senator questions cost of senior executives' education

May 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A senior senator is questioning what he calls "excessive" costs associated with training the government's top career civil servants. Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa sent four letters on Tuesday, including one to the head of the Office of Personnel Management and another to the agency's Federal Executive Institute, on the ...

Senator questions cost of senior executives’ education

May 26, 2010 A senior senator is questioning what he calls "excessive" costs associated with training the government's top career civil servants. Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa sent four letters on Tuesday, including one to the head of the Office of Personnel Management and another to the agency's Federal Executive Institute, on the ...

Race and gender influence TSP enrollment

May 26, 2010 Minorities are less likely than nonminorities to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, according to a recent report from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM studied federal employee participation in the TSP during 2007, and found that 82.5 percent of minorities compared to 87.8 percent of nonminorities were enrolled in ...

Intelligence chief resigns

May 20, 2010 The government's top intelligence official is resigning, according to ABC News. CNN and the Associated Press also reported the news. Word of Blair's departure comes amid criticism of the intelligence community's ability to share and analyze data effectively to prevent terrorist attacks. On Tuesday the Senate Intelligence Committee released the ...

In Transit

May 20, 2010 Many Pentagon employees, though not all, welcome the congressionally mandated transition from the Defense Department's pay-for-performance system back to the General Schedule. But for some, the actual process is causing heartburn because the conversion rate regarding pay is not a simple 1-to-1 measurement. When lawmakers approved the 2010 National Defense ...

TRICARE fee structure needs overhaul, says Defense official

May 13, 2010 The Pentagon's top policy official on Thursday called for changes in the military's health benefits system for retirees, saying the current structure has become unsustainable in today's economic environment. "If there was an infinite pot of money, that would be fine; the problem is, there isn't an infinite pot of ...