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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More TRICARE Hikes Are in the Offing

November 29, 2012 It looks like military retirees covered by TRICARE will end up paying a little more for their prescription drugs, but not as much as the Obama administration would like. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., offered an amendment to the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill Wednesday that would modestly increase TRICARE co-payments...

Mr. President: Look inside agencies for leaders

November 28, 2012 President Obama should seek candidates with management experience to run the federal government during his second term and solicit more input from career civil servants on how to improve agencies, said a former Clinton administration official and a former Republican senator Wednesday. Talented agency personnel with management know-how will be...

TSP board: Don’t worry about the G Fund as debt ceiling looms

November 27, 2012 The board that manages the Thrift Savings Plan expressed confidence Tuesday over its operations if the government hits the debt ceiling again and is forced to tap federal retirement accounts to avoid a default. Susan Crowder, acting chief financial officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said FRTIB has...

Senate expected to take up bill allowing IRS to levy TSP accounts

November 27, 2012 Legislation that would allow the Internal Revenue Service to tap Thrift Savings Plan accounts to collect unpaid federal taxes is on track to become law before the end of the year. The Senate will take up a bill the House passed this summer (H.R. 4365) ensuring TSP accounts are subject...

Most voters give Uncle Sam the thumbs-up for Sandy response

November 20, 2012 Most voters were pleased with the federal government’s response to megastorm Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in October, according to a new survey. Fifty-five percent of likely U.S. voters rated the government’s response to the disaster good or excellent in a poll that Rasmussen Reports conducted last weekend. Survey...

FDA’s negative image hurts recruitment, report finds

November 19, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration has struggled to attract top scientists in part because of its negative reputation, despite a workforce that is highly educated and committed to the agency’s mission, according to a new report. “The FDA routinely has come under the congressional spotlight and been criticized for either...

Military pay raises drove uptick in Pentagon’s personnel spending

November 15, 2012 Generous pay raises for the military, in some years exceeding the growth rate of private sector wages and salaries, are largely responsible for the Pentagon’s ballooning personnel costs, according to a new report. Since 2000, changes in basic military pay have been linked to the Employment Cost Index, which historically...

Will Budget Deal Target Federal Pay and Benefits?

November 15, 2012 Simpson-Bowles is back. The famous (or infamous?) 2010 bipartisan fiscal commission led by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson from Wyoming and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles never really went away, but other deficit reduction proposals and super heroes did steal the commission’s limelight for a while. Remember...

Pay reform unlikely anytime soon, says former civil servant

November 14, 2012 Reforms to the federal government’s predominant pay scale are unlikely anytime soon, said a former top career civil servant at the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday. “I am just very cynical about reaching any compromise,” former OPM senior policy adviser Doris Hausser said of revamping the General Schedule system,...

Groups urge Congress to lower cap on contractor pay

November 13, 2012 Federal employee unions and other groups on Tuesday called on lawmakers to lower the current compensation cap on non-Defense Department contractors to $400,000. The letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Financial Services committees urged lawmakers to change the maximum allowable limit on reimbursable contractor pay from $763,029...

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