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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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TSP board: Don’t worry about the G Fund as debt ceiling looms

November 27, 2012 The board that manages the Thrift Savings Plan expressed confidence Tuesday over its operations if the government hits the debt ceiling again and is forced to tap federal retirement accounts to avoid a default. Susan Crowder, acting chief financial officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said FRTIB has...

Senate expected to take up bill allowing IRS to levy TSP accounts

November 27, 2012 Legislation that would allow the Internal Revenue Service to tap Thrift Savings Plan accounts to collect unpaid federal taxes is on track to become law before the end of the year. The Senate will take up a bill the House passed this summer (H.R. 4365) ensuring TSP accounts are subject...

Most voters give Uncle Sam the thumbs-up for Sandy response

November 20, 2012 Most voters were pleased with the federal government’s response to megastorm Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in October, according to a new survey. Fifty-five percent of likely U.S. voters rated the government’s response to the disaster good or excellent in a poll that Rasmussen Reports conducted last weekend. Survey...

FDA’s negative image hurts recruitment, report finds

November 19, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration has struggled to attract top scientists in part because of its negative reputation, despite a workforce that is highly educated and committed to the agency’s mission, according to a new report. “The FDA routinely has come under the congressional spotlight and been criticized for either...

Military pay raises drove uptick in Pentagon’s personnel spending

November 15, 2012 Generous pay raises for the military, in some years exceeding the growth rate of private sector wages and salaries, are largely responsible for the Pentagon’s ballooning personnel costs, according to a new report. Since 2000, changes in basic military pay have been linked to the Employment Cost Index, which historically...

Will Budget Deal Target Federal Pay and Benefits?

November 15, 2012 Simpson-Bowles is back. The famous (or infamous?) 2010 bipartisan fiscal commission led by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson from Wyoming and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles never really went away, but other deficit reduction proposals and super heroes did steal the commission’s limelight for a while. Remember...

Pay reform unlikely anytime soon, says former civil servant

November 14, 2012 Reforms to the federal government’s predominant pay scale are unlikely anytime soon, said a former top career civil servant at the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday. “I am just very cynical about reaching any compromise,” former OPM senior policy adviser Doris Hausser said of revamping the General Schedule system,...

Groups urge Congress to lower cap on contractor pay

November 13, 2012 Federal employee unions and other groups on Tuesday called on lawmakers to lower the current compensation cap on non-Defense Department contractors to $400,000. The letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Financial Services committees urged lawmakers to change the maximum allowable limit on reimbursable contractor pay from $763,029...

OPM to clarify language on federal closures

November 13, 2012 The government will clarify its language on federal office closures to prevent confusion among employees, according to a report from Federal News Radio. The Office of Personnel Management, which decides the operating status of the government during inclement weather and other emergencies, will attempt to be more straightforward about what’s...

Open season kicks off

November 12, 2012 Open season, the annual period during which federal workers can switch enrollments in health insurance plans, officially began Monday. Federal employees are able to make changes to their health insurance coverage through Dec. 10. Enrollment changes take effect the first pay period in 2013. The Office of Personnel Management in...

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