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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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Congressional Pensions Are Still More Generous Than Federal Employees’ Benefits

March 31, 2014 It still pays better to retire as a member of Congress than as a federal employee, according to government data. Retired lawmakers enrolled in the Federal Employees Retirement System on average received $26,560 more in pension benefits as of Oct. 1, 2012, than FERS enrollees who retired from federal agencies. ...

The Government Is Actually Not Growing When It Comes to Earnings

March 28, 2014 The federal civilian government was the only industry that experienced a drop in earnings in 2013 – a $6.7 billion decrease, to be precise -- according to new statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Unpaid employee furloughs related to sequestration, which began in March 2013, are partially to blame ...

Bill Would Give Feds a 3.3 Percent Pay Raise in 2015

March 26, 2014 This story has been updated. Federal employees would receive a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015 under a House bill unveiled by a Washington-area lawmaker. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., would apply the increase to both General Schedule employees and wage-grade workers. President Obama has proposed a ...

OPM Seeks IT Security Pros

March 19, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management does not plan to lay off employees as part of a new effort to modernize and restructure its information technology systems, according to top officials. In fact, the agency is looking to hire “a handful of IT security professionals” who would be federal workers and ...

House Panel Approves TSP Bill

March 12, 2014 A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. The Smart Savings Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would change the default enrollment fund ...

Bill Would Change TSP Default Settings

March 11, 2014 A House committee on Wednesday will consider a bill that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. The Smart Savings Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would change the default enrollment ...

Fiscal 2015 Budget Winners and Losers

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal is a mixed bag in terms of budget winners and losers. Of the Cabinet departments and major agencies listed in the chart below, 11 would see their spending levels decrease from their fiscal 2014 enacted budgets; the budgets of four would remain ...

Washington-Area Agencies Reopen Tuesday on Two-Hour Delay

March 3, 2014 Federal agencies in the Washington area are open on Tuesday, and operating on a two-hour delay, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday night. Employees can choose to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Those reporting to work should plan to arrive no more than two hours later than they ...

Washington-Area Federal Offices Are Closed Monday

March 2, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening that federal offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday because of a major winter storm expected to hit the region. Emergency and telework employees are expected to work. Monday marks the fourth closure of D.C.-area federal offices during the ...

Federal Government in Washington Area Closed on Thursday

February 12, 2014 Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are closed on Thursday because of a significant winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and ice to the region overnight and into the morning rush hour. Emergency workers and employees who telework should follow their agency’s policies, and are expected to work ...