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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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Do you like your job? Uncle Sam seeks feedback

April 12, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management this month began distributing the government’s annual survey of the federal workforce. Through June 30, federal employees can voice their opinions, concerns and overall satisfaction with their jobs as part of the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. OPM is administering this year’s survey to 1.8...

IG: Customs shelling out millions in workers’ comp

April 11, 2012 The Customs and Border Protection agency racked up more than $62 million in workers’ compensation payments in 2010, due partly to inadequate oversight, according to the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. CBP’s poor management of compensation case files, incomplete reviews of bills and Labor Department reports, and missing documentation from...

Government wants more ethics rules for Afghanistan reconstruction employees

April 10, 2012 Federal employees who work for the office overseeing reconstruction in Afghanistan will be subject to additional government ethics rules, according to a recent notice in the Federal Register. The “unique status and mission” of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction makes it necessary for its employees...

Retirement claims backlog is down since January

April 9, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in March than in the previous two months, making a dent in its backlog despite an increase in claims, according to agency figures. OPM’s retirement claims backlog was 52,274 in March, a decrease of 14 percent from January. The agency received...

EEOC urged to tackle conflicts of interest in federal complaint process

April 5, 2012 Agency attorneys interfering in the federal discrimination complaint process is still a major problem, government civil rights leaders said Thursday, urging the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to clarify its guidance on the issue this year. The Office of General Counsel in some agencies continues to intrude in the EEO complaint...

‘Telework’ isn’t working, some say

April 3, 2012 The days of "telework" in the federal government could be numbered, at least under that name. The practice of working outside the office isn’t going anywhere, but dropping the use of the word “telework” could help make the benefit more widespread in agencies, according to participants in a Tuesday discussion...

TSP fund growth slows in March

April 2, 2012 All the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan continued their positive streak in March except the fixed income bond offering, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The F Fund decreased 0.61 percent -- the only negative monthly return posted by any TSP fund so...

Spotlight On USPS

April 1, 2012 When a government agency or a business runs into serious financial trouble, it’s often a sign that somewhere along the way oversight fell short. The U.S. Postal Service, which lost $3.3 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 alone and is arguably in the worst financial shape right now...

House postal bill would save billions, CBO says

March 30, 2012 House legislation aimed at reforming the business operations of the U.S. Postal Service would save the agency about $20 billion during the next decade, according to an updated analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The bill, approved in 2011 by the House Oversight and Government Reform...

House backs pay freeze extension

March 29, 2012 The House on Thursday passed a measure that extends the federal pay freeze, downsizes the government workforce and increases the amount federal employees contribute to their pensions. In a 228 to 191 vote that split along party lines, the chamber approved the Republican fiscal 2013 budget plan, including the provisions...