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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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Diet COLA on the Horizon

September 20, 2012 Federal retirees again are on track to receive a small annual cost-of-living adjustment boost in 2013, but it will probably be a lot smaller than this year’s increase. The COLA figure for next year isn’t out yet, but it’s likely to be somewhere around 1.4 percent, based on the latest...

Romney wishes some feds weren’t unionized

September 19, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney intimated that he would make deeper changes to the government workforce if federal employees weren’t unionized, during secretly taped remarks at a recent private fundraiser in Florida. Romney, in the now infamous speech obtained by Mother Jones magazine and posted on the publication’s website, was...

Lawmakers could change STOCK Act provisions before leaving town

September 18, 2012 Before Congress recesses in a few days, it likely will offer an alternative plan for federal employees required to disclose their financial details online, according to the group representing senior executives. Lawmakers are considering a few options to further delay or change parts of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge...

CBO: Placing feds on unpaid leave wouldn’t really affect spending

September 17, 2012 A House bill that puts senior civil servants accused of wrongdoing on unpaid leave would not significantly affect federal spending, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The legislation, which allows agencies to place Senior Executive Service employees on unpaid administrative leave for up to 180 days if...

Report confirms feds would feel the effects of sequestration

September 14, 2012 Using language protesting Republican budget tactics, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday released a congressionally mandated report detailing the impact of across-the-board budget cuts looming in January 2013 and provided a set of numbers that would affect nearly every agency and most of the federal workforce. The 400-page...

House approves extended pay freeze

September 13, 2012 The House on Thursday approved a six-month spending measure that includes an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress. As expected, lawmakers passed a $1.047 trillion continuing resolution for fiscal 2013 that funds the government through March 27, 2013. The stopgap spending measure ensures feds, already working...

Forget the Pay Freeze: Start Worrying About Health Care Costs

September 13, 2012 Buried in the news over the extended federal pay freeze, the impending fiscal cliff and the umpteenth continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown is this fact: Many military retirees will be paying a little more for their health care as of Oct. 1. Day 1 of fiscal 2013 means...

Washington gives props to feds at annual awards gala

September 12, 2012 A doctor at the National Institutes of Health who helped pioneer the use of a drug to combat the transmission of HIV from infected pregnant women to their babies has been named federal employee of the year by a nonprofit group. Lynne Mofenson, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, will be...

Lawmaker seeks temporary postal reform in continuing resolution

September 11, 2012 A top House Republican wants to include parts of his stalled postal reform legislation in the six-month continuing resolution to keep the government open after Sept. 30. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is urging the White House to submit an interim reform package to Congress that...

Appropriators make pay freeze extension official

September 11, 2012 House appropriators have included a provision extending the civilian pay freeze for federal employees and lawmakers in the temporary spending measure designed to keep the government running through March 27, 2013. The $1.047 trillion continuing resolution funds the government for the next six months and ensures feds will not see...

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