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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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Former career diplomat to head State investigation into Libya attack

October 5, 2012 Retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will lead a State Department panel tasked with investigating the attacks in Libya in September that killed four Americans. A former top career diplomat, Pickering served as ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador during his five decades at...

Stopgap spending measure provides clarity to sequester threat

October 4, 2012 The potential sequestration scheduled for January 2013 creates a lot of uncertainty for the government, but if that dreaded scenario occurs, then the recently enacted six-month spending measure makes some things clearer. Federal employees have wondered how the six-month continuing resolution funding the government through March would affect the automatic,...

FEHBP Enrollees: The Check Is Not in the Mail

October 4, 2012 Employers are busy disbursing health care rebates to their workers this fall, as mandated under the health care reform law. Federal employees enrolled in the government’s health care program, however, should not expect to see an extra bump in their paychecks. The Office of Personnel Management, which administers the Federal...

Romney slams Obama’s approach as 'trickle-down government'

October 3, 2012 The role of government featured prominently throughout the first presidential debate on Wednesday night, but the candidates did not offer specific ideas on how to manage the federal bureaucracy more effectively. Republican nominee Mitt Romney again mentioned that, if elected, he would reduce the federal workforce through attrition and reorganize...

Military retirees see TRICARE fee hike

October 2, 2012 Many military retirees will pay 17 percent more in annual TRICARE enrollment fees in fiscal 2013. The new rates, which took effect Oct. 1, increase the amount military retirees pay in health care fees by 3.6 percent or 17 percent, depending on when they enrolled in TRICARE Prime. Those who...

Obama makes pay freeze extension official

October 1, 2012 President Obama has signed a six-month government spending measure that includes an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress. As expected, lawmakers passed a $1.047 trillion continuing resolution in September that funds the government through March 27, 2013. The stopgap spending measure ensures feds, already working under...

Labor of Love

October 1, 2012 Official Washington has a way of squeezing the life out of more colorful characters. Spend enough time here and everyone working in the fishbowl starts to talk, dress and sound alike. It’s the kind of risk-aversion that afflicts the professionally and politically ambitious. Mercifully, politics and government aren’t populated completely...

President signs STOCK Act delay for senior execs

September 28, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama on Friday signed into law legislation that further delays the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances. The House passed the bill earlier Friday, approving it by unanimous consent during a brief pro forma session. S. 3625, which the Senate passed last Saturday,...

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...

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