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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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Poll: How Charitable Are You Feeling?

August 30, 2012 The government’s annual program to raise money for charities, the Combined Federal Campaign, starts Sept. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Federal employees traditionally have been very generous with their donations; $7 billion has been raised for good causes since the CFC’s creation in 1961. But a two-year federal pay...

Uncle Sam’s annual giving campaign launches Sept. 1

August 30, 2012 The government’s annual campaign to raise money for charities kicks off Sept. 1, on the heels of a recent report suggesting wide-ranging changes to the 51-year-old program. [Related Poll: How charitable are you feeling?] Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry sent a memorandum to agencies encouraging them to allow...

An Upside to the Pay Freeze

August 30, 2012 It’s safe to say the two-year federal pay freeze has not been popular with government workers. Even those who support the freeze acknowledge its limitations: the savings it has generated (estimates are between $60 billion and $70 billion) is a drop in the deficit-reduction bucket, and it’s not exactly a...

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

August 28, 2012 A draft version of the Republican Party’s policy platform calls for restructuring federal pay and benefits and shrinking the government workforce through attrition. The document, posted online by Politico, praises federal workers for their dedication and “the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation,” but...

A 'Measly' Pay Raise Is the Least of Feds' Worries

August 23, 2012 Most of you have heard the news by now that President Obama will extend the current federal pay freeze until Congress passes a budget for the next fiscal year. If you’re not aware of this latest twist in the federal pay drama, then I envy you, because it means you...

Obama extends pay freeze until Congress passes a budget

August 21, 2012 President Obama on Tuesday said he would use his authority to give federal employees an across-the-board 0.5 percent pay raise in 2013, but the increase will not take effect until Congress passes a budget. Lawmakers anticipate passing a six-month continuing resolution when they return from August recess to fund the...

Poll: Obama leads Romney among government workers

August 21, 2012 Government employees prefer President Obama to Republican rival Mitt Romney in the November election, according to a new national poll. Fifty-four percent of respondents who identified themselves as government employees favor giving Obama a second term, compared to 37 percent who say they plan to vote for former Massachusetts Gov....

Public wants more government spending

August 20, 2012 A majority of Americans want government to spend more on certain federal programs ranging from veterans’ assistance to food safety, according to a new survey by a global polling firm. The survey, which included a random sample of 1,000 respondents nationwide, asked participants whether the government should commit more, less...

Congressional pay raise in 2013?

August 17, 2012 Members of Congress are on track to receive a pay raise in 2013, unless they vote against it when they return from August recess. The maximum pay boost lawmakers are eligible for in 2013 is 1.1 percent, or about $1,900 for most. The 1989 Ethics Reform Act created the current...

Can the military save on pay and benefits without breaking faith?

August 16, 2012 America’s military community has long felt disconnected from the civilian population it protects. In the latest survey from the nonprofit military support group Blue Star Families, 95 percent of respondents, who included service members, veterans, spouses and children, agreed with the statement: “The general public does not truly understand or...

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