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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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TRICARE drug co-pay increase still up in the air

December 5, 2012 TRICARE beneficiaries could see some of their prescription drug costs spike next year if the final Defense authorization bill that Congress sends to the White House is silent on the issue. Republican senators objected to an amendment in the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization legislation that would have capped certain TRICARE...

Senate approves military pay raise

December 4, 2012 The Senate approved legislation Tuesday evening that gives service members a 1.7 percent raise in 2013. Senators approved the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill 98-0 after several days of floor debate. The House version of the legislation also includes a 1.7 percent across-the-board raise for military members next year. Congress...

Agency will use FEHBP experience to run some health plans under Obamacare

December 4, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management will draw on its experience running the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in its new role administering multiple state health plans on the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange network. Private health insurers that participate in the multi-state plan program on the exchanges will contract...

Provision slashing up to 36,000 Defense jobs stays alive

December 4, 2012 The Senate defeated an amendment to the Defense authorization bill that would have halted an effort to cut the department’s civilian and contractor workforces by an estimated 5 percent through fiscal 2017. The failure of the amendment, offered by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., means a provision that could slash up...

House GOP continues to push federal employee pay and benefits reforms

December 3, 2012 House GOP leaders on Monday reiterated their belief that reductions to federal employees’ compensation should be part of a deal to decrease the deficit. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent President Obama a counterproposal to reduce the deficit and in an accompanying letter, mentioned federal compensation reforms included in the House...

TSP rebounds in November

December 3, 2012 All the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan experienced modest gains in November, despite concern over the impending fiscal cliff. November overall was a much better month for the TSP than October. International stocks in the I Fund continued to be the TSP’s strongest performer, posting a return of 2.41...

Health Checkup

December 1, 2012 The cost of health care is an important issue for most Americans and a politically hot topic with the continued implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is widely considered a model health insurance program, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to change or...

Presidential Management Fellows are mostly happy

November 30, 2012 Presidential Management Fellows are happy with their first days on the job but believe agency supervisors and program coordinators could provide better guidance and mentoring, according to a new study. Overall job satisfaction among the class of 2011 fellows who participated in a study conducted by the nonprofit Partnership for...

Senior executives urge Obama to leave feds out of fiscal cliff deal

November 29, 2012 The group representing the government’s senior executives urged President Obama on Thursday to leave federal employees out of any budget deficit deals. Efforts to reduce federal employees’ pay and benefits are taking a toll on the government workforce, said officials from the Senior Executives Association in a Nov. 29 letter...

Proposed cuts to Defense civilian jobs draw criticism

November 29, 2012 Senators are gearing up to debate language in the national Defense authorization bill that would cut the Defense Department’s civilian and contractor workforces by an estimated 5 percent through fiscal 2017. The provision in the fiscal 2013 bill, which the Senate is debating now, could slash up to 36,000 jobs...

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