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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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Buyout Or Bust

January 1, 2012 Several agencies are offering cash incentives to encourage employees to leave, but most might be better off staying put. More than a few employees in and outside government dream of being paid to leave their jobs. In an ideal world, workers would take the money and run, as the Steve...

Are federal buyout incentives worth taking?

December 30, 2011 More than a few employees in and outside government dream of being paid to leave their jobs. In an ideal world, workers would take the money and run, as the Steve Miller Band advised in the 1976 song, to another job or to a well-deserved retirement. But this is not...

Database lists top federal earners in 2011

December 22, 2011 The highest paid federal employees in 2011 worked primarily in the medical field at government health agencies, according to data compiled by a company that specializes in connecting businesses through technology. The top 1,000 federal salaries this year ranged from $216,345 to $350,000, with most of the highest earners working...

Calculating Pay

December 22, 2011 As 2011 draws to a close, the federal pay freeze and potential cuts to government pensions are still very much on the radar screen. Tracking the news is one thing, figuring out exactly how much money you stand to lose is another. Now, feds can punch their own numbers into...

Groups still worried about possible extended federal pay freeze

December 20, 2011 While debate in Congress over the payroll tax cut continues to rage, federal employee groups remain worried that provisions affecting government workers still could be included in a final legislative deal. The House passed a bill extending the payroll tax cut for a year and partly financed it through a...

Senate spares feds in payroll tax bill

December 19, 2011 The debate over extending the payroll tax holiday is not over yet, but lawmakers granted federal employees a reprieve of sorts during the weekend. The Senate did not include an extended federal pay freeze or provisions increasing the amount government employees contribute to their pensions in its payroll tax cut...

Holi-daze

December 15, 2011 The payroll tax holiday extension isn't the only holiday currently up in the air. As feds near the end of a very long year that has included everything from federal pay freezes to multiple near-government shutdowns, several critical questions remain, including: Will President Obama grant government employees early dismissal for...

Lawmakers decry extended pay freeze to finance payroll tax holiday

December 14, 2011 Washington-area lawmakers are determined to keep proposals targeting federal pay and benefits from being included in any final legislative deal that extends the payroll tax cut. "We don't want them in the final bill," said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., during a conference call with reporters Wednesday, referring to provisions in...

House passes bill that includes extension of federal pay freeze

December 13, 2011 The House on Tuesday passed legislation that extends the federal pay freeze and requires government employees to contribute more to their pensions. In a 234-193 vote, House lawmakers approved a bill (H.R. 3630) to extend the payroll tax holiday for most Americans. To help finance the tax cut, the legislation...

USPS delays closing postal facilities

December 13, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service will delay closing or consolidating any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012, the agency announced Tuesday. USPS said it made the decision "in response to a request made by multiple U.S. senators" and it will continue "all necessary steps required for review...