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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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TRICARE's High Price Tag Comes Under Scrutiny

January 17, 2013 The military’s massive health insurance program offers millions of service members, retirees and their dependents quality care at relatively low cost. That’s what the government aimed for when it created the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services in 1966, now known as TRICARE. But the price of...

New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013

January 16, 2013 This story was updated with additional comment. A House GOP freshman has introduced legislation that would prevent federal employees from receiving an across-the-board pay raise this spring. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., along with 28 cosponsors, wants to extend the current pay freeze for civilian government employees through the end of...

House panel rejects proposal to end feds’ mass transit benefit

January 15, 2013 This story has been updated. A proposal to end the mass transit subsidy benefit for federal employees to help pay for disaster recovery is off the table. The House Rules Committee rejected the amendment related to the transit benefit offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to the Sandy storm relief...

Obama says debt ceiling impasse threatens fed pay

January 14, 2013 President Obama on Monday said federal paychecks are at risk if the debt ceiling is not raised and the government defaults on its obligations. “We might not be able to pay our troops, or honor our contracts with small business owners,” Obama said during a press conference with reporters. “Food...

Sandy amendments target federal transit benefits, spending

January 14, 2013 A Republican lawmaker is offering two amendments to the Sandy storm relief bill that would directly affect federal employees. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., wants to impose across-the-board spending cuts of 1.63 percent for all federal agencies and to eliminate the mass transit subsidy benefit for government employees. The amendments are...

Poll: Feds expect to attend fewer events this year

January 11, 2013 Nearly 40 percent of government employees said they planned to attend fewer training events and industry trade shows in fiscal 2013 than they did last year, according to a new poll from a market research firm. Twenty-seven percent of respondents expected to attend about the same number of events as...

TSP mulls investment conversion option

January 10, 2013 The Thrift Savings Plan is weighing whether to let enrollees to convert their traditional investments to a Roth account, according to the board that oversees the retirement program. The fiscal cliff law signed earlier this month allows the TSP and other plans to give enrollees the option to switch accounts....

Mass Confusion Over Mass Transit

January 10, 2013 In last week’s column, I talked about some pay and benefits-related issues that took effect on Jan. 1 (and a few that didn’t). The boost in the mass transit subsidy attracted a lot of interest from federal readers, many of whom commute to work on public transportation. Congress included a...

Labor secretary resigns

January 9, 2013 Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned Wednesday, in a move that surprised many Washington observers who expected her to stay on during President Obama’s second administration. Obama issued a statement on her resignation, and her tenure as head of Labor since 2009. “Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been...

Social Security official’s term expires next week

January 8, 2013 This story has been updated. The head of the Social Security Administration could be out in less than two weeks, and it’s not clear yet who will replace him. President Obama has not nominated a successor to Michael Astrue, a George W. Bush appointee whose six-year term expires on Jan....

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