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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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Feds can donate leave to Sandy victims

November 9, 2012 Federal employees who want to help fellow workers affected by megastorm Sandy can donate their unused annual leave. President Obama issued a memorandum on Friday asking the Office of Personnel Management to establish an emergency program to facilitate the transfer of leave for employees wishing to make donations. The program...

Cuts in federal pay and benefits are among deficit reduction possibilities

November 9, 2012 Reducing certain pay and benefits for the federal workforce could cut the deficit by $38 billion in 2020, according to a new analysis of the country’s fiscal crisis from the Congressional Budget Office. Lawmakers have a range of options for cutting spending and increasing revenues to rein in the government’s...

FEMA trailers head to Sandy-ravaged communities

November 8, 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers are heading to East Coast communities hit hard by megastorm Sandy to provide temporary housing for people the disaster left homeless. The agency is deploying the mobile homes, which became ubiquitous on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, to give people displaced by...

Federal Pensions and the Meaning of Fully Funded

November 8, 2012 With the 2012 presidential election over (finally!), the threat of the so-called fiscal cliff takes center stage. Congress and President Obama, reelected to a second term, will start negotiating in earnest over how to avoid the looming perfect storm of expiring tax cuts, sequestration and the debt ceiling. Any serious...

Protecting federal pay and benefits remains top priority for union

November 7, 2012 Protecting federal workers’ pay and benefits remains a top priority as attention turns to how Congress and the Obama administration will handle the looming fiscal cliff, said the leader of a large federal employee union the day after the 2012 presidential election. J. David Cox, president of the American Federation...

Retirement backlog is down 39 percent since January

November 5, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in October than it expected to, and the overall backlog is down 39 percent since January, according to the latest statistics from the agency. OPM received 8,138 new claims last month -- 3,814 less than it received in September -- and...

Federal employee unions back Obama in 2012 election

November 5, 2012 Federal employee unions support Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election, despite their disappointment over how the incumbent has handled some issues affecting the government workforce. The American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union have endorsed Obama in the 2012 presidential race, as have...

Some postal workers are getting a raise

November 2, 2012 Some postal workers will receive a pay raise in a few weeks. Career employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union will receive a 1 percent pay increase, effective Nov. 17, and reflected in their Dec. 7 paychecks, according to the union. Those workers also will get two cost-of-living adjustments...

Think tank recommends ways to rein in military pay, benefits

November 1, 2012 The government must reform military pay and benefits to help the Defense Department rein in spending, according to a new report from a left-leaning think tank. The Center for American Progress praised Pentagon proposals to cut personnel costs, which include capping pay raises for service members beginning in fiscal 2015,...

Low morale continues to plague Homeland Security

November 1, 2012 Employees at the Homeland Security Department are less satisfied with their jobs on average than other federal workers, and DHS must do a better job figuring out why, according to a new report. Morale varies among DHS employees, depending on where they work, with job satisfaction and employee engagement particularly...

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