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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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HUD seeks more detailed pay data on top officials

January 25, 2013 The Housing and Urban Development Department is asking public housing authorities for more detailed salary data. The department wants a more comprehensive picture of how PHAs pay their executive directors, including a breakdown of base salary, bonus and incentive compensation and which payments are made with federal funds, according to...

Army announces hiring freeze

January 25, 2013 The Army is implementing an agency-wide hiring freeze with few exceptions, according to a Jan. 22 memo. Thomas Lamont, assistant Army secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, also instructed agency officials to terminate temporary employees and not to extend the appointments of term employees. “No new tentative or firm job...

Poll: What do you know about sequestration?

January 24, 2013 Sequestration is nearly upon us. Every day it’s looking more likely that automatic, across-the-board spending cuts will happen, at least for a little while. Earlier this month, Congress delayed them until March 1, but at this point they feel almost inevitable, after more than a year of debate, dread and...

Pay Looms Large in Budget Debate

January 24, 2013 There’s been a lot of talk about pay freezes in the last week. The debt ceiling suspension bill the House approved on Wednesday withholds lawmakers’ pay if they don’t pass a fiscal 2014 budget resolution by April 15. Legislation that would extend the pay freeze for federal employees was introduced,...

House passes No Budget, No Pay

January 23, 2013 The House on Wednesday voted to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling until May, and to withhold lawmakers’ pay if Congress cannot agree on a fiscal 2014 budget by April 15. The Senate likely will pass the legislation, and the White House said it will not oppose it. The No Budget...

Fed pay freeze vote postponed

January 22, 2013 This story has been updated. The House will not consider a bill this week that extends the pay freeze for civilian government workers, allowing some time for federal employee advocates to continue their crusade against the measure. The chamber scheduled a vote on H.R. 273 for Wednesday, but has decided...

House GOP: No budget, no pay

January 18, 2013 The House leadership next week will introduce legislation that will authorize a three-month temporary debt limit increase that includes a provision withholding pay for lawmakers if Congress fails to pass a budget during that time. “If the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of...

Fed groups blast latest attempt to extend pay freeze

January 18, 2013 Federal employee groups are urging House lawmakers to oppose the latest attempt to extend the pay freeze on civilian government workers through the end of the year. The House will vote next week on H.R. 273, which would prevent feds from receiving a 0.5 percent pay raise after the current...

GOP lawmakers seek to reduce their own compensation

January 17, 2013 As the House prepares to take up a bill next week extending the federal pay freeze through the rest of 2013, some GOP lawmakers are looking to reduce their own compensation to curtail spending. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., reintroduced legislation on Tuesday that would tie lawmakers’ salaries to the growth...

Bill would allow Uncle Sam to fire federal tax cheats

January 17, 2013 A House lawmaker has reintroduced legislation this week that would allow the government to fire federal employees who fail to pay their taxes. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has revived a bill he shepherded through the House during the 112th Congress. The legislation passed the House last summer in a bipartisan...