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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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Poll: How healthy is your health insurance plan?

October 18, 2012 Open season, the time during which federal workers can switch enrollments in health insurance plans, begins Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 10 this year. The Office of Personnel Management announced in September that premiums for nonpostal enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase an average of...

Thousands of Defense civilians might have to repay housing allowances

October 17, 2012 Thousands of Defense Department civilian employees could be on the hook to reimburse the department for housing allowances they received by mistake, according to a news report in Stars and Stripes. The Oct. 16 report cited a memo the news organization obtained from the U.S. European Command that estimated up...

Federal retirees will get 1.7 percent COLA next year

October 16, 2012 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2013, according to the latest government figures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics early Tuesday released September’s inflation figure, the final data point needed to calculate the 2013 COLA. Inflation stayed relatively low over 2012, resulting in a 2013 COLA that...

Government to release cost-of-living adjustment Tuesday

October 15, 2012 UPDATE: The numbers have been released. See our story here. Federal retirees will find out Tuesday the amount of next year’s Social Security cost-of-living adjustment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release September’s inflation numbers Oct. 16, the final data point needed to calculate the 2013 COLA. The increase is...

Government Employees: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

October 11, 2012 These days, government service might appear less attractive to current federal employees and the general public, as feds head into the third year of a pay freeze and the threat of furloughs looms. But according to one new survey, most respondents think public servants have it made: They don’t work...

Retirement claims surge in September

October 5, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in September than in August, after receiving thousands more applications last month. OPM completed 12,563 retirement claims in September -- the most claims processed in a single month so far this year and 1,063 more than it expected to complete last...

Former career diplomat to head State investigation into Libya attack

October 5, 2012 Retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will lead a State Department panel tasked with investigating the attacks in Libya in September that killed four Americans. A former top career diplomat, Pickering served as ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador during his five decades at...

Stopgap spending measure provides clarity to sequester threat

October 4, 2012 The potential sequestration scheduled for January 2013 creates a lot of uncertainty for the government, but if that dreaded scenario occurs, then the recently enacted six-month spending measure makes some things clearer. Federal employees have wondered how the six-month continuing resolution funding the government through March would affect the automatic,...

FEHBP Enrollees: The Check Is Not in the Mail

October 4, 2012 Employers are busy disbursing health care rebates to their workers this fall, as mandated under the health care reform law. Federal employees enrolled in the government’s health care program, however, should not expect to see an extra bump in their paychecks. The Office of Personnel Management, which administers the Federal...

Romney slams Obama’s approach as 'trickle-down government'

October 3, 2012 The role of government featured prominently throughout the first presidential debate on Wednesday night, but the candidates did not offer specific ideas on how to manage the federal bureaucracy more effectively. Republican nominee Mitt Romney again mentioned that, if elected, he would reduce the federal workforce through attrition and reorganize...

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