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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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TSP mulls investment conversion option

January 10, 2013 The Thrift Savings Plan is weighing whether to let enrollees to convert their traditional investments to a Roth account, according to the board that oversees the retirement program. The fiscal cliff law signed earlier this month allows the TSP and other plans to give enrollees the option to switch accounts....

Mass Confusion Over Mass Transit

January 10, 2013 In last week’s column, I talked about some pay and benefits-related issues that took effect on Jan. 1 (and a few that didn’t). The boost in the mass transit subsidy attracted a lot of interest from federal readers, many of whom commute to work on public transportation. Congress included a...

Labor secretary resigns

January 9, 2013 Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned Wednesday, in a move that surprised many Washington observers who expected her to stay on during President Obama’s second administration. Obama issued a statement on her resignation, and her tenure as head of Labor since 2009. “Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been...

Social Security official’s term expires next week

January 8, 2013 This story has been updated. The head of the Social Security Administration could be out in less than two weeks, and it’s not clear yet who will replace him. President Obama has not nominated a successor to Michael Astrue, a George W. Bush appointee whose six-year term expires on Jan....

GSA boosts mileage reimbursement rate

January 7, 2013 The General Services Administration increased the mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees who use their private vehicles for work, as of Jan. 1, 2013. The rate for cars will be 56.5 cents per mile, an increase of one cent over the current rate of 55.5 cents. The boost matches the...

Retirement claims backlog falls 57 percent in 2012

January 7, 2013 The federal retirement claims backlog fell 57 percent from January 2012 to December 2012, according to the latest figures from the Office of Personnel Management. The inventory now stands at 26,402 retirement claims, down from 61,108 claims in January 2012. OPM reported that it has 10 percent fewer pending claims...

Feds see paychecks shrink with payroll tax hike

January 4, 2013 Federal employees will see less money in their first 2013 paycheck because of the end of the payroll tax holiday. The payroll tax holiday officially expired on Jan.1, and Congress did not renew it as part of the final compromise on the fiscal cliff. The government reduced the payroll tax...

Treasury jobs relocation on hold

January 4, 2013 The Treasury Department won’t start relocating hundreds of federal employees from Maryland to West Virginia until the end of 2019, according to news releases. Treasury has put plans on hold to move 450 Financial Management Service employees based in Hyattsville, Md., to Parkersburg, W.Va., giving workers a six-year reprieve. Treasury...

Military pay raise becomes law

January 3, 2013 President Obama on Wednesday signed into law the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 1.7 percent pay raise for service members and a provision directing the Pentagon to reduce its civilian and contractor workforces. The White House previously threatened a veto on the measure because of several...

Pay and Benefits, Post-Holiday and Post-Cliff

January 3, 2013 The last week has been a blur for everyone tuned into the fiscal cliff drama. The marathon legislative sessions on Capitol Hill between Christmas and New Year’s Day produced lots of federal compensation news but because of the evolving nature of the debate, it was tough to keep track of...

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