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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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How Often Do You Use the Conference Lodging Allowance?

October 25, 2012 Belt-tightening across government means that most federal spending is under scrutiny these days, and spending on government travel is no exception. The scandal involving the lavish 2010 Las Vegas conference thrown by the General Services Administration prodded federal watchdogs to peer into other agencies’ travel spending. At the same time,...

Former CBO head: No budget, no payday

October 23, 2012 It’s no secret the government’s inability to pass an annual budget is a major headache for agencies. But federal employees shouldn’t be the only ones who suffer. One former top official thinks Congress and the White House shouldn’t be paid if the two can’t put politics aside and craft a...

Broadcasting Board of Governors offers buyouts, early outs

October 19, 2012 The Broadcasting Board of Governors is offering buyouts and early retirement packages to employees across the agency, according to an internal email obtained by Government Executive. Those eligible for buyouts include employees at Voice of America, the International Broadcasting Bureau and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. BBG is offering 287...

Military personnel have until Sunday to apply for special pay

October 18, 2012 Military personnel whose service was extended involuntarily after the 2001 terrorist attacks have until Oct. 21 to file a claim for special pay. The 2009 supplemental war appropriations law authorized retroactive stop-loss special pay of up to $500 for every full or partial month that military members served on stop-loss...

Army encourages early retirement for some soldiers

October 18, 2012 The Army will offer early retirement to eligible soldiers to help reduce its active-duty force by 80,000 service members over the next four years. The department earlier this week announced that certain soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of service are eligible for the early out,...

Poll: How healthy is your health insurance plan?

October 18, 2012 Open season, the time during which federal workers can switch enrollments in health insurance plans, begins Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 10 this year. The Office of Personnel Management announced in September that premiums for nonpostal enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase an average of...

Thousands of Defense civilians might have to repay housing allowances

October 17, 2012 Thousands of Defense Department civilian employees could be on the hook to reimburse the department for housing allowances they received by mistake, according to a news report in Stars and Stripes. The Oct. 16 report cited a memo the news organization obtained from the U.S. European Command that estimated up...

Federal retirees will get 1.7 percent COLA next year

October 16, 2012 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2013, according to the latest government figures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics early Tuesday released September’s inflation figure, the final data point needed to calculate the 2013 COLA. Inflation stayed relatively low over 2012, resulting in a 2013 COLA that...

Government to release cost-of-living adjustment Tuesday

October 15, 2012 UPDATE: The numbers have been released. See our story here. Federal retirees will find out Tuesday the amount of next year’s Social Security cost-of-living adjustment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release September’s inflation numbers Oct. 16, the final data point needed to calculate the 2013 COLA. The increase is...

Government Employees: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

October 11, 2012 These days, government service might appear less attractive to current federal employees and the general public, as feds head into the third year of a pay freeze and the threat of furloughs looms. But according to one new survey, most respondents think public servants have it made: They don’t work...

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