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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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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...

Feds safe from pay freeze extension – for now

January 2, 2013 This story has been updated. A House-passed bill to extend the pay freeze for civilian federal workers will die with the 112th Congress, but the debate over whether to raise feds’ pay in 2013 is far from over. The Senate did not address House-approved legislation (H.R. 6726) on Wednesday that...

Obama orders end to pay freeze in spring

December 28, 2012 As Congress and the White House remain entangled in last-minute fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama has made one thing clear: he wants an end to the two-year pay civilian federal employee pay freeze next spring. On Thursday, Obama issued an executive order that would lift the freeze and implement a...

Congress approves Defense measure

December 21, 2012 The Senate on Friday approved the conference report on the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill, which includes a pay raise for service members and a provision directing the Pentagon to reduce its civilian and contractor workforces. The House passed the compromise on the legislation Thursday evening; it now heads to...

White House issues formal pay freeze extension for feds

December 21, 2012 The White House issued an executive order Friday officially extending the current pay freeze on civilian federal employees until March 27, 2013. President Obama and Congress agreed in the fall to extend the two-year pay freeze that began in January 2011 through the end of the current continuing resolution. Obama...

House approves military pay raise

December 20, 2012 The House on Thursday approved the conference report on the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill, which includes a pay raise for service members and a provision directing the Pentagon to reduce its civilian and contractor workforces. The massive $633.3 billion bill contains several provisions related to military pay and benefits....

OMB: Furloughs are a last resort under sequestration

December 20, 2012 This story has been updated. Click here to view agency-specific information. The Obama administration is telling agencies to talk to federal employees about the impact of sequestration, including the possibility of future furloughs. The government will not start furloughing employees on or immediately after Jan. 2, if the automatic, across-the-board...

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