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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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Lawmakers urged to bring Hatch Act into the age of telework and social media

May 16, 2012 Congress should address technology and social media in current legislation that reforms the law restricting government employees from certain political activities, a panel of witnesses told House lawmakers Wednesday. Legislation circulating in the House and Senate would update the 1939 Hatch Act, which prohibits federal, state and local government employees...

Uncle Sam scales back on bonuses

May 15, 2012 The government handed out less bonus money to federal employees in 2011 compared to 2010, according to new data. Uncle Sam paid at least $439 million in merit awards to federal workers last year, down $43 million from 2010. The Asbury Park Press reported the findings Tuesday. The data, obtained...

Active-duty military now can see America the Beautiful for free

May 15, 2012 Active-duty service members and their families will be able to visit the country’s national parks and wildlife refuges for free under a new federal program. Jill Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Monday announced the initiative to waive entrance fees and other costs associated with more than 2,000 federal...

Panel rejects proposals to raise military retirees’ health care premiums

May 14, 2012 At the same time the House passed a bill requiring civilian federal employees to contribute more to their pensions, lawmakers on the Armed Services Committee rejected the Obama administration’s proposals to increase the amount military retirees pay for their health care insurance. The committee advanced the fiscal 2013 National Defense...

House passes fed pension hike

May 10, 2012 Federal employees would have to contribute more to their government pensions under a bill approved by the House Thursday. The House voted 218-199 with one Republican voting present for legislation (H.R. 5652) that requires current federal workers to pay 5 percent more toward their retirement, with the increase introduced incrementally...

Uncle Sam wants you, at every age

May 10, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday unveiled the final details of the government’s new program to attract students and recent graduates to public service. During a briefing with reporters, Director John Berry outlined the final regulations regarding the Pathways Programs, an initiative that grew out of a 2010 executive...

Whistleblower agency alerts White House to troubling pattern in aviation safety

May 8, 2012 This story has been updated. The Office of Special Counsel is so concerned over multiple disclosures by Federal Aviation Administration whistleblowers citing safety lapses at major U.S. airports that the agency has sent the White House a consolidated report claiming a pattern of failure by the Transportation Department to sufficiently...

Feds would pay more for pensions under House bill

May 7, 2012 This story has been updated. The House Budget Committee Monday approved a measure on a party-line vote that would increase the amount government employees contribute to their pensions. The legislation, shepherded by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., incorporates measures approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in...

Service to America finalists announced

May 6, 2012 Thirty-three federal employees are finalists for the 2012 Service to America Medals for their outstanding achievements in a range of fields including health, national security, disaster management and law enforcement. “The Service to America Medal finalists epitomize the true spirit and value of public service,” said Max Stier, president and...

Retirement claims backlog shrinks

May 3, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management received fewer retirement claims in April than expected, after a spike in applications submitted during the first three months of 2012. OPM received 6,616 claims last month -- 1,384 less than the 8,000 claims expected and 474 less than the number the agency received in...