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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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Super committee failure helps feds in short term

November 21, 2011 Federal pay and benefits are being spared in the short term as a result of the super committee's failure to produce a deficit reduction plan. The 12 lawmakers on the joint select congressional panel failed to broker a deal to cut federal spending. "After months of hard work and intense...

USPS, unions still negotiating over pay and benefits

November 21, 2011 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Monday that he is optimistic the U.S. Postal Service and two of its unions will reach an agreement on new contracts. Contracts with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union expired at midnight Nov. 20, but labor and management...

Financially ailing Postal Service gets a reprieve

November 18, 2011 The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service got some good news Friday. The agency, which lost $5.1 billion in fiscal 2011, received another deferral from Congress on a $5.5 billion payment to prefund retirees' health benefits. President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill funding several departments and some smaller agencies...

Super Committee Countdown

November 17, 2011 The super committee's deficit reduction plan -- assuming there is one -- should be public by this time next week. It's anyone's guess what the 12-member panel will recommend, but it's a safe bet there will be something in the proposal that affects the federal workforce. The question is, which...

Council moves forward on performance management plan

November 16, 2011 The federal labor-management council on Wednesday accepted recommendations to improve the government's performance management system, approving for agencies a roadmap that emphasizes better training for supervisors and more communication between employees and their bosses. A key component of the plan, which has been discussed at previous meetings of the National...

Survey: Federal employee satisfaction declines

November 16, 2011 Federal employees' satisfaction with their jobs declined slightly overall in 2011, according to a new survey of the best places to work in government. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service on Wednesday released its annual rankings of large and small agencies and announced the results of a survey that found...

Postal Service will resume FERS retirement contributions next month

November 15, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service will resume payments in December to its Federal Employees Retirement System account after suspending them this summer, the agency announced Tuesday. Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett said the agency has "sufficient cash on hand" to resume contributions in early December and pay out the amount that...

Survey: Military families report concern over potential TRICARE fee hike

November 14, 2011 Military families are worried about changes to their health insurance, and those concerns are prompting them to sock away more money for such costs during retirement, according to a new survey. Thirty-one percent of middle-class military families who responded to a survey from First Command Financial Behaviors Index are nervous...

USPS proposal to leave federal health benefits program questioned

November 11, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service's proposal to withdraw from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program likely will cost the cash-strapped agency more money, according to a health insurance expert. "Pulling out of the FEHB is neither necessary nor sufficient to solve their problems," said Walton Francis, an independent author and consultant....

Life insurance premium changes on the way for some feds

November 10, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday new premium rates for some federal workers and retirees enrolled in the government's group life insurance program. Some premiums are going down, while others are increasing beginning the first pay period on or after Jan. 1, 2012. The changes affect enrollees in Option...