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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Government Employees: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

October 11, 2012 These days, government service might appear less attractive to current federal employees and the general public, as feds head into the third year of a pay freeze and the threat of furloughs looms. But according to one new survey, most respondents think public servants have it made: They don’t work...

Retirement claims surge in September

October 5, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in September than in August, after receiving thousands more applications last month. OPM completed 12,563 retirement claims in September -- the most claims processed in a single month so far this year and 1,063 more than it expected to complete last...

Former career diplomat to head State investigation into Libya attack

October 5, 2012 Retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will lead a State Department panel tasked with investigating the attacks in Libya in September that killed four Americans. A former top career diplomat, Pickering served as ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador during his five decades at...

Stopgap spending measure provides clarity to sequester threat

October 4, 2012 The potential sequestration scheduled for January 2013 creates a lot of uncertainty for the government, but if that dreaded scenario occurs, then the recently enacted six-month spending measure makes some things clearer. Federal employees have wondered how the six-month continuing resolution funding the government through March would affect the automatic,...

FEHBP Enrollees: The Check Is Not in the Mail

October 4, 2012 Employers are busy disbursing health care rebates to their workers this fall, as mandated under the health care reform law. Federal employees enrolled in the government’s health care program, however, should not expect to see an extra bump in their paychecks. The Office of Personnel Management, which administers the Federal...

Romney slams Obama’s approach as 'trickle-down government'

October 3, 2012 The role of government featured prominently throughout the first presidential debate on Wednesday night, but the candidates did not offer specific ideas on how to manage the federal bureaucracy more effectively. Republican nominee Mitt Romney again mentioned that, if elected, he would reduce the federal workforce through attrition and reorganize...

Military retirees see TRICARE fee hike

October 2, 2012 Many military retirees will pay 17 percent more in annual TRICARE enrollment fees in fiscal 2013. The new rates, which took effect Oct. 1, increase the amount military retirees pay in health care fees by 3.6 percent or 17 percent, depending on when they enrolled in TRICARE Prime. Those who...

Obama makes pay freeze extension official

October 1, 2012 President Obama has signed a six-month government spending measure that includes an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress. As expected, lawmakers passed a $1.047 trillion continuing resolution in September that funds the government through March 27, 2013. The stopgap spending measure ensures feds, already working under...

Labor of Love

October 1, 2012 Official Washington has a way of squeezing the life out of more colorful characters. Spend enough time here and everyone working in the fishbowl starts to talk, dress and sound alike. It’s the kind of risk-aversion that afflicts the professionally and politically ambitious. Mercifully, politics and government aren’t populated completely...

President signs STOCK Act delay for senior execs

September 28, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama on Friday signed into law legislation that further delays the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances. The House passed the bill earlier Friday, approving it by unanimous consent during a brief pro forma session. S. 3625, which the Senate passed last Saturday,...

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