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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 approves military pay raise

December 20, 2012 The House on Thursday approved the conference report on the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill, which includes a pay raise for service members and a provision directing the Pentagon to reduce its civilian and contractor workforces. The massive $633.3 billion bill contains several provisions related to military pay and benefits....

OMB: Furloughs are a last resort under sequestration

December 20, 2012 This story has been updated. Click here to view agency-specific information. The Obama administration is telling agencies to talk to federal employees about the impact of sequestration, including the possibility of future furloughs. The government will not start furloughing employees on or immediately after Jan. 2, if the automatic, across-the-board...

Diet COLA Likely for Retirees

December 20, 2012 In last week’s column, I talked about the possibility that a fiscal cliff deal could include switching to a less generous formula for calculating cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. This week, that became a probability. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, are still trying to agree on a mutually...

Pentagon will have to shed thousands of jobs during next few years under bill

December 19, 2012 The Pentagon will have to shrink its civilian and contractor workforces by thousands of jobs during the next five years under a provision in the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill that House and Senate conference negotiators approved on Tuesday evening. The legislation directs the Defense secretary to rebalance and reduce...

Fed groups blast possible fiscal cliff switch to less generous COLA formula

December 18, 2012 Advocates for federal employees and retirees urged lawmakers Monday to oppose a switch to a less generous formula for determining cost-of-living adjustments as part of a fiscal cliff deal. Moving to the chained CPI would be “unfair” and “reduce significantly earned retirement benefits,” according to a Dec. 17 letter from...

Fiscal cliff offers include switch to chained CPI

December 17, 2012 It’s looking more likely that federal retirees will see changes to the formula used to determine their annual cost-of-living adjustments. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reportedly has been pushing for a deal on the fiscal cliff that includes a switch to the “chained CPI” formula to determine cost-of-living adjustments for...

TSP Roth continues to grow in popularity

December 17, 2012 The Thrift Savings Plan now has nearly $100 million in Roth assets as a result of the retirement option’s increasing popularity among federal employees and servicemembers, according to the board that manages the TSP. The amount of money in the Roth pool doubled in the last two months; in September...

GAO: Management of job placement services for military spouses could be better

December 14, 2012 The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into new programs over the past few years to help military spouses find jobs, but it’s not clear yet how effective those services are, according to a new report. The employment assistance services for military spouses offered by the Defense Department sometimes overlap...

House lawmakers want colleagues to drop provision slashing up to 36,000 Pentagon jobs

December 13, 2012 Washington-area House lawmakers are asking their colleagues to get rid of a provision in the Senate fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill that could slash up to 36,000 civilian and contractor jobs at the Pentagon. The lawmakers expressed concern in a draft letter to House-Senate negotiators that the Senate language would...

Chained to the Fiscal Cliff?

December 13, 2012 Here we are again, back in that old, familiar Washington place known as Down to the Wire. With 19 days left until the end of the year, and even less time for cutting a deal on the fiscal cliff, President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner reportedly are in...