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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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House Passes Bipartisan Bill Extending Whistleblower Protection

July 17, 2014 Federal whistleblowers will be able to appeal their cases for the next three years in any U.S. Court of Appeals with jurisdiction under bipartisan legislation the House passed earlier this week. The All Circuit Review Extension Act (H.R. 4197) extends for three extra years a provision in the 2012 Whistleblower ...

OPM Announces More Flexibility for Dental and Vision Coverage

July 16, 2014 Federal employees who get married on the job, or return to work after a period of leave without pay, soon will be able to enroll for dental and vision coverage outside of Open Season. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday announced the final rule making it easier for feds ...

TSP Officials Want You to Know the Consequences of Tapping Your Account for a Loan

July 16, 2014 The board that manages the Thrift Savings Plan wants federal employees who tap their TSP accounts for loans to know the score. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board put together a three-minute public service announcement on YouTube to educate enrollees on the risks of borrowing against their retirement funds. Here’s ...

House Approves Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

July 15, 2014 The House on Monday evening passed legislation that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the less lucrative government securities offering. The bipartisan Smart Savings Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would change the default enrollment ...

TSA Offers Early Retirement to Workers

July 14, 2014 The Transportation Security Administration is now offering early retirement to eligible employees, an agency spokeswoman confirmed on Monday. TSA has authority from the Office of Personnel Management to use the early outs through Nov. 30, 2015, to help streamline operations. The agency opened the current round on June 18 to ...

Around Government

July 9, 2014 Narrowing the Gender Gap Women feds are better educated and better compensated these days. By Kellie Lunney True or False: The gender pay gap is smaller among younger employees in the federal government. True. In fact, a lot has changed for women in the federal workforce since 1992. For instance, ...

Federal Jobs Picture Changes Little in June

July 3, 2014 The federal government didn’t lose any jobs in June, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, except for the Postal Service, it didn’t gain any either. The Postal Service, which just announced another round of buyouts and early retirement options for employees, added 1,800 jobs ...

White House Summit Reignites Talk Of Paid Parental Leave for Feds

July 3, 2014 President Obama wants the federal government to serve as a model for the American workforce when it comes to promoting family-friendly policies. But when he talked about paid parental leave in June at the White House summit on working families, it wasn’t government policy he touted. “In 2007, Google realized ...

The White House’s Total Payroll is Down, But the Typical Staffer is Earning More

July 2, 2014 The average salary of a White House staffer increased slightly between 2013 and 2014, but the total pay for those 456 employees dropped. The White House is paying out $82,855 less in overall salary to staff this year than it did in 2013, according to its annual report of employee ...

TSP Continues Growing in June

July 1, 2014 June was a strong month for the Thrift Savings Plan, with all the funds in the black, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, rose 4.45 percent in ...