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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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GOP lawmakers unveil bill to reduce government workforce

June 6, 2011 House lawmakers have introduced legislation that aims to reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015 through attrition. A trio of Republicans unveiled a bill that would allow hiring one federal employee to replace every three workers who retire or leave their job. The legislation is based on a...

GAO: Reservists need better information about health care benefits

June 3, 2011 The Defense Department needs to do a better job educating reservists about the health care benefits available to them, according to the government's watchdog. The Government Accountability Office found that the military's reserve components lack a central point of contact to inform eligible reservists of their options under TRICARE Reserve...

Price tag of official time spent on union activities grows

June 1, 2011 The cost of official time used by federal employees participating in union activities increased nearly 7 percent between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The report, the subject of a Wednesday hearing on Capitol Hill, found that federal employees spent...

Recouping Sick Leave

June 1, 2011 Some federal employees who retire and later return to government service may receive credit for unused sick leave. Under the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization law, Federal Employees Retirement System participants who retire between Oct. 28, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2013, will see 50 percent of their unused sick leave credited...

Masters of Disaster

June 1, 2011 As casualties mount, so do the number of agencies involved in the cleanup. The landscape of disaster management-populated by a massive network of government agencies, businesses, nonprofit groups and faith-based organizations-often is as confusing and overwhelming as a cataclysmic storm. In April, deadly tornadoes ripped through a swath of the...

Agriculture Department offers buyouts, early outs

May 31, 2011 The Agriculture Department is offering early outs to most employees and buyouts for 544 positions, joining a growing list of federal agencies that are trying to reshape their workforce in an austere budget environment. The department received approval on May 13 from the Office of Personnel Management to offer voluntary...

Committee approves bill that would forgive debt for some disaster assistance recipients

May 27, 2011 A Senate panel has approved legislation that would waive certain debts for those who received disaster assistance erroneously. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the 2011 Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act on Thursday, after rejecting it last week. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., tightened up some...

Presidential hopeful would freeze federal salaries, reduce retirement benefits

May 25, 2011 GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday called for freezing government salaries, reducing benefits and shrinking the federal workforce. "In many cases, public employees are overpaid and over-benefited compared to their private sector counterparts," the former Minnesota governor told an audience at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in...

Women in government are slightly less satisfied than men

May 24, 2011 Women in the federal government report slightly less workplace satisfaction than their male colleagues, according to a new analysis by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Of female respondents, 66.1 percent reported overall satisfaction with the workplace compared with 67.9 percent of male respondents, the analysis found. Categories included...

OMB launches pilot projects to crack down on improper payments

May 24, 2011 The Office of Management and Budget has launched four pilot projects to help states and local communities tackle improper payments. The test programs, announced Monday on OMB's blog by Director Jack Lew, involve the Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury departments. The projects, which are a result of...