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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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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...

More TRICARE Hikes Are in the Offing

November 29, 2012 It looks like military retirees covered by TRICARE will end up paying a little more for their prescription drugs, but not as much as the Obama administration would like. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., offered an amendment to the fiscal 2013 Defense authorization bill Wednesday that would modestly increase TRICARE co-payments...

Mr. President: Look inside agencies for leaders

November 28, 2012 President Obama should seek candidates with management experience to run the federal government during his second term and solicit more input from career civil servants on how to improve agencies, said a former Clinton administration official and a former Republican senator Wednesday. Talented agency personnel with management know-how will be...

TSP board: Don’t worry about the G Fund as debt ceiling looms

November 27, 2012 The board that manages the Thrift Savings Plan expressed confidence Tuesday over its operations if the government hits the debt ceiling again and is forced to tap federal retirement accounts to avoid a default. Susan Crowder, acting chief financial officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said FRTIB has...

Senate expected to take up bill allowing IRS to levy TSP accounts

November 27, 2012 Legislation that would allow the Internal Revenue Service to tap Thrift Savings Plan accounts to collect unpaid federal taxes is on track to become law before the end of the year. The Senate will take up a bill the House passed this summer (H.R. 4365) ensuring TSP accounts are subject...

Most voters give Uncle Sam the thumbs-up for Sandy response

November 20, 2012 Most voters were pleased with the federal government’s response to megastorm Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in October, according to a new survey. Fifty-five percent of likely U.S. voters rated the government’s response to the disaster good or excellent in a poll that Rasmussen Reports conducted last weekend. Survey...

FDA’s negative image hurts recruitment, report finds

November 19, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration has struggled to attract top scientists in part because of its negative reputation, despite a workforce that is highly educated and committed to the agency’s mission, according to a new report. “The FDA routinely has come under the congressional spotlight and been criticized for either...

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