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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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TRICARE Fertility Care

July 19, 2012 The rising cost of providing health care to active-duty and retired military personnel continues to be a third-rail political issue. During the past 12 years, the cost of military health care to the government has more than doubled, but Congress does not have the appetite for raising TRICARE fees. At...

Part-time firefighters now eligible for health care

July 17, 2012 Part-time firefighters now have access to health care under an interim final rule that took effect Tuesday. The policy change means more than 8,000 temporary seasonal firefighters and their families can access health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The new rule also applies to fire protection personnel....

TRICARE contractor drops challenge to award

July 16, 2012 The company that provides health care to millions of service members and their families in the western region of the country dropped its challenge to the government’s decision not to renew its contract. “It is with mixed emotions that we make this decision; however, continuing to challenge the government’s decision...

Service members weigh in on pay versus benefits

July 12, 2012 Senior military officers place a high value on retirement benefits and health care for their families while junior enlisted personnel tend to favor increases in pay, according to new survey results from a nonpartisan policy research institute. Active-duty service members at the lower end of the pay scale would prefer...

Union sounds off over governor’s Gestapo comment

July 11, 2012 The leader of a large federal union on Tuesday demanded a full apology from the governor of Maine who compared the Internal Revenue Service to Nazi Germany’s murderous secret police. Republican Gov. Paul LePage referred to the IRS as the “new Gestapo” during a July 7 radio address in which...

Firefighters win health care benefits

July 11, 2012 President Obama this week directed agencies to extend health care benefits to part-time federal firefighters. The policy change means more than 8,000 temporary seasonal firefighters now have access to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The administration plans to issue more details on the change later this month, according to...

White House takes appropriators to task on pay, TRICARE

July 10, 2012 The White House has threatened to veto a House appropriations bill that includes a pay raise for service members but not for civilian federal employees. The Obama administration’s opposition to the Defense Department spending bill, which the House plans to take up next week, covers a lot of territory. In...

Uncle Sam seeks interns, fellows

July 9, 2012 The government’s new program to attract students and recent graduates to public service takes effect Tuesday. Agencies must transition from the current system to Pathways Programs, an initiative that grew out of a 2010 executive order directing agencies to make it easier for students and recent grads to pursue careers...

Retirement claims backlog slowly shrinks

July 5, 2012 The government processed more federal retirement applications in June than it expected to, and the total claims backlog is down 21 percent since the beginning of the year, according to the latest statistics. The backlog now stands at 48,323 claims, down 12,785 since January and 55 less than the total...

Wielding the Ax

July 5, 2012 Urban legend says it’s impossible to fire a federal employee for anything less than committing murder. The recent scandals involving feds at the General Services Administration (misusing taxpayer funds) and the Secret Service (procuring prostitutes) have revived the old saw: What does a federal employee have to do to get...

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