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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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Lawmakers decry extended pay freeze to finance payroll tax holiday

December 14, 2011 Washington-area lawmakers are determined to keep proposals targeting federal pay and benefits from being included in any final legislative deal that extends the payroll tax cut. "We don't want them in the final bill," said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., during a conference call with reporters Wednesday, referring to provisions in...

House passes bill that includes extension of federal pay freeze

December 13, 2011 The House on Tuesday passed legislation that extends the federal pay freeze and requires government employees to contribute more to their pensions. In a 234-193 vote, House lawmakers approved a bill (H.R. 3630) to extend the payroll tax holiday for most Americans. To help finance the tax cut, the legislation...

USPS delays closing postal facilities

December 13, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service will delay closing or consolidating any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012, the agency announced Tuesday. USPS said it made the decision "in response to a request made by multiple U.S. senators" and it will continue "all necessary steps required for review...

House vote expected Tuesday on bill containing pay freeze

December 12, 2011 This story has been updated. The House plans to vote Tuesday afternoon on tax relief legislation that would extend the federal pay freeze and require government workers to contribute more to their pensions. H.R. 3630, the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, is expected to pass the House but...

USPS hopes for another deferral on mandatory payment

December 12, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service hopes to receive another deferral this week from Congress on a multibillion-dollar payment to prefund retirees' health benefits. Congress expects to pass a measure soon to keep the government operating past Dec. 16, when the current stopgap funding bill expires. USPS, which lost $5.1 billion in...

House bill would extend pay freeze

December 9, 2011 This story has been updated. House Republicans on Friday unveiled a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes an additional pay freeze for federal employees and lawmakers and increases the amount both groups contribute to their pensions. The legislation extends the current two-year federal pay freeze through 2013 for federal...

Senate again rejects payroll tax cut bills

December 8, 2011 The Senate once again blocked a bill that would have extended the pay freeze for federal employees and downsized the government workforce to finance an extension of the payroll tax cut. The measure, which would have extended the payroll tax holiday in part by prolonging the federal salary freeze for...

Rule gives agencies more flexibility to rent vehicles

December 8, 2011 Agencies will have more flexibility when it comes to renting motor vehicles for government business, according to a final rule published Thursday in the Federal Register. The new policy increases the amount of time agencies can rent a vehicle without having to commit to a yearlong lease. The rule increases...

Freeze Fears

December 8, 2011 My Dec. 1 column "It Could Get Worse" focused on the continued threat of cuts to federal pay and benefits. The failure of the super committee to reach a deficit cutting deal did not eliminate that threat; in fact, this past week we saw it emerge again in congressional proposals...

Groups urge House to reject proposals reducing federal pay and benefits

December 7, 2011 A group of federal employee advocates on Wednesday implored House leadership to reject any plan that would subject federal workers to an extended pay freeze or downsize the government to finance a longer payroll tax holiday. The Federal-Postal Coalition also called on lawmakers to provide a tax credit equal to...