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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 committee rejects Democratic sequester replacement

February 5, 2013 The House Rules Committee has rejected a Democratic measure that would have replaced the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect on March 1. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., offered an amendment to H.R. 444, the so-called Require a Plan Act, which directs President Obama to submit a balanced...

Democrat offers sequestration alternative

February 4, 2013 A Democratic lawmaker has offered an amendment to GOP legislation that would replace the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect on March 1. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., filed his measure to the House Rules Committee to amend H.R. 444, the so-called Require a Plan Act, which directs...

Feds anticipate the worst as spending cuts loom

February 4, 2013 Most federal workers believe their agency will have to furlough employees if sequestration happens and remains in effect, according to a poll of Government Executive readers. Nearly 70 percent of more than 4,000 respondents expected furloughs as a result of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts -- despite the fact that...

TRICARE Trade-Offs

February 1, 2013 The military’s massive health insurance program offers millions of service members, retirees and their dependents quality care at relatively low cost. That’s what the government aimed for when it created the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services in 1966, now known as TRICARE. But the price of...

Senate approves debt ceiling suspension

January 31, 2013 The Senate on Thursday voted to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling until May, and to withhold lawmakers’ pay if Congress cannot agree on a budget by April 15. The No Budget No Pay bill (H.R. 325) would authorize a temporary suspension of the current debt limit of $16.4 trillion through...

TRICARE Drug Co-Pay Hike on Horizon

January 31, 2013 Some TRICARE beneficiaries will pay higher co-pays for prescription drugs beginning Feb. 1 Those affected will pay anywhere from $4 to $19 more for brand name and nonformulary medications that are not filled at military clinics or hospitals. The fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization Act mandated the increases, but it could...

Wanted: Transportation tales from federal commuters

January 30, 2013 Transportation, like so many other things in this world, is not cheap. Many federal employees nationwide take advantage of the mass transit benefit program to commute to their jobs. The benefit, made available to government workers through a 2000 executive order, is worth a maximum of $245 per month in...

Social Security chief will leave in February

January 29, 2013 The head of the Social Security Administration will leave in February, according to an agency news release. Michael Astrue, a George W. Bush appointee whose six-year term expired on Jan. 19, is returning to his home in Massachusetts. Astrue has been serving under the holdover provisions of the agency’s authorizing...

OPM frees its human capital officers from daily pay and benefits grind

January 29, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management’s human capital officers no longer will handle day-to-day inquiries from agencies on issues like pay and leave, but instead will focus on implementing the Obama administration’s federal workforce priorities governmentwide. OPM’s specific policy offices from now on will field questions from agencies on a range...

Military enrollment in TSP Roth spikes

January 28, 2013 The number of service members enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan’s Roth option grew nearly 300 percent in just one month last year, according to the board that oversees the retirement savings program. The board reported that the number of service members with Roth accounts jumped from 6,364 in November...

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