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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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In Focus: Who Faces Furloughs?

October 1, 2013 During a government shutdown, federal agencies decide which employees to furlough and which to keep on the job. Excepted employees include workers “who are performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain other types of excepted work,” according to furlough guidance ...

Washington Area Lawmakers Push Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Feds

October 1, 2013 This story has been updated. Washington-area lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure furloughed federal employees receive back pay for the duration of the government shutdown. Federal workers would get retroactive pay, regardless of their furlough status, once the government is funded, under the legislation. Twelve Democrats and Republicans ...

Sequester, U.S.A.

October 1, 2013 They look so young in their uniforms, sitting in neat rows at the front of a hotel ballroom in Norfolk, Va. Family, friends, local business leaders, elected officials—even a beauty queen on active duty—have come to honor America’s military. A sizable crowd has shown up at the Waterside Marriott on ...

400,000 DOD Civilians to Get Shutdown Furloughs

September 30, 2013 The Defense Department will furlough roughly 400,000 civilian employees on Tuesday -- nearly half of the governmentwide furloughs that will take effect in less than 24 hours if the government shuts down. More than 800,000 federal civilian employees and as many as 1 million workers will go on temporary unpaid ...

Many Federal Employees Are Facing Second Set of Furloughs in Six-Month Span

September 30, 2013 The Defense Department will furlough roughly 400,000 civilian employees on Tuesday -- nearly half of the governmentwide furloughs that will take effect in less than 24 hours if the government shuts down. More than 800,000 federal civilian employees and as many as 1 million workers will go on temporary unpaid ...

Senior Executive Advocate Dies After Long Illness

September 27, 2013 This story has been updated. William L. Bransford, general counsel of the organization representing career senior executives, died Friday after a long illness. Bransford, known as Bill, was well-known in the federal community, through his work at the Senior Executives Association and as partner of the law firm Shaw Bransford ...

In Focus: How Many Employees Face Furloughs?

September 27, 2013 Federal agencies decide which employees to furlough and which to keep on the job during a government shutdown. Excepted employees include workers “who are performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain other types of excepted work,” according to furlough guidance ...

Employees Will Find Out Their Shutdown Furlough Fate By the End of Friday

September 26, 2013 Federal employees should know by the end of Friday whether they will be furloughed if the government shuts down on Oct. 1 The Obama administration has directed agencies to have supervisors informally notify employees whether they should report to work on Tuesday if the government closes because of a lapse ...

Federal Pensions Could Be At Risk -- Again

September 26, 2013 A provision that would require federal employees to contribute more to their pensions could end up as part of a House Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling, according to several news reports. The House GOP leadership had been expected to unveil a bill on Thursday that would increase the ...

Treasury: Debt Limit D-Day is Oct. 17

September 25, 2013 Uncle Sam will exhaust its emergency borrowing authority by Oct. 17 and won’t have enough money to pay all its bills if Congress does not increase the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on Wednesday. Without an increase in the $16.7 trillion debt limit and no more emergency borrowing ...