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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OPM courts interns, recent grads

September 27, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management is ramping up its efforts this fall to attract interns and recent graduates to government service. The agency has posted draft guidelines for hiring interns into the Pathways Programs and will accept applications for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program from Nov. 5 to Nov....

Sequestration Can’t Touch Certain Pay and Benefits

September 27, 2012 Way back in August 2011, a Maryland senator explained to a roomful of his constituents the benefits of an obscure budget procedure known as sequestration. Democrat Ben Cardin held a town hall meeting with Census Bureau employees last summer in Suitland, Md., fielding questions from nervous feds on the issues...

Poll: Are you ready for sequestration?

September 25, 2012 There’s been plenty of public hand-wringing in Washington lately about the disastrous effects of sequestration. In fact, sequestration has gotten so much play that we can use the word in headlines now. The automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that will hit every federal agency (except the Veterans Affairs Department) will take...

Senate delays STOCK Act for senior execs

September 25, 2012 The Senate passed a bill before leaving town that further delays the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances. S. 3625, sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., delays until Dec. 8 the posting requirement for thousands of high-ranking career employees subject to the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. Congress...

Congress approves extended pay freeze

September 22, 2012 The Senate on Saturday approved a six-month spending measure that includes an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress and avoids a government shutdown. The joint resolution now heads to President Obama for his signature, more than a week before the current fiscal year ends. As expected,...

Health premiums for feds will increase 3.4 percent in 2013

September 20, 2012 This story has been updated. Premiums for nonpostal enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase an average of 3.4 percent in 2013, the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday. The average health care premium increase for U.S. Postal Service employees for 2013 will be 3.8 percent. Of...

Diet COLA on the Horizon

September 20, 2012 Federal retirees again are on track to receive a small annual cost-of-living adjustment boost in 2013, but it will probably be a lot smaller than this year’s increase. The COLA figure for next year isn’t out yet, but it’s likely to be somewhere around 1.4 percent, based on the latest...

Romney wishes some feds weren’t unionized

September 19, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney intimated that he would make deeper changes to the government workforce if federal employees weren’t unionized, during secretly taped remarks at a recent private fundraiser in Florida. Romney, in the now infamous speech obtained by Mother Jones magazine and posted on the publication’s website, was...

Lawmakers could change STOCK Act provisions before leaving town

September 18, 2012 Before Congress recesses in a few days, it likely will offer an alternative plan for federal employees required to disclose their financial details online, according to the group representing senior executives. Lawmakers are considering a few options to further delay or change parts of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge...

CBO: Placing feds on unpaid leave wouldn’t really affect spending

September 17, 2012 A House bill that puts senior civil servants accused of wrongdoing on unpaid leave would not significantly affect federal spending, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The legislation, which allows agencies to place Senior Executive Service employees on unpaid administrative leave for up to 180 days if...

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