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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Survey: Feds have it good compared to private sector workers

December 10, 2012 A new survey shows that most Americans still believe government employees are better off than private sector workers. Private sector employees work harder than government employees, said 67 percent of respondents to a December poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports. Sixty-seven percent of the 1,000 people surveyed also said federal workers...

Obama signs STOCK Act delay for senior executives

December 10, 2012 President Obama signed into law a bill delaying the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances until spring 2013. The law postpones the posting requirement for thousands of high-ranking career employees subject to the 2012 Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act until April 15. Congress passed the bill last week...

Congress again delays STOCK ACT for senior execs

December 6, 2012 Congress has agreed to delay until spring 2013 the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances. The move postpones the posting requirement for thousands of high-ranking career employees subject to the 2012 Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act until April 15. The House approved a bill on voice vote Wednesday...

TRICARE drug co-pay increase still up in the air

December 5, 2012 TRICARE beneficiaries could see some of their prescription drug costs spike next year if the final Defense authorization bill that Congress sends to the White House is silent on the issue. Republican senators objected to an amendment in the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization legislation that would have capped certain TRICARE...

Senate approves military pay raise

December 4, 2012 The Senate approved legislation Tuesday evening that gives service members a 1.7 percent raise in 2013. Senators approved the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill 98-0 after several days of floor debate. The House version of the legislation also includes a 1.7 percent across-the-board raise for military members next year. Congress...

Agency will use FEHBP experience to run some health plans under Obamacare

December 4, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management will draw on its experience running the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in its new role administering multiple state health plans on the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange network. Private health insurers that participate in the multi-state plan program on the exchanges will contract...

Provision slashing up to 36,000 Defense jobs stays alive

December 4, 2012 The Senate defeated an amendment to the Defense authorization bill that would have halted an effort to cut the department’s civilian and contractor workforces by an estimated 5 percent through fiscal 2017. The failure of the amendment, offered by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., means a provision that could slash up...

House GOP continues to push federal employee pay and benefits reforms

December 3, 2012 House GOP leaders on Monday reiterated their belief that reductions to federal employees’ compensation should be part of a deal to decrease the deficit. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent President Obama a counterproposal to reduce the deficit and in an accompanying letter, mentioned federal compensation reforms included in the House...

TSP rebounds in November

December 3, 2012 All the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan experienced modest gains in November, despite concern over the impending fiscal cliff. November overall was a much better month for the TSP than October. International stocks in the I Fund continued to be the TSP’s strongest performer, posting a return of 2.41...

Health Checkup

December 1, 2012 The cost of health care is an important issue for most Americans and a politically hot topic with the continued implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is widely considered a model health insurance program, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to change or...

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