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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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Analysis: Pay reform’s time has come

June 13, 2012 Government employees’ compensation is too generous, too stingy or just about right, depending on who’s talking. If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, though, it’s that the time for federal pay reform has come. A panel of economists and public policy observers revisited the federal pay debate in Washington on...

Appropriators silent on 2013 pay raise

June 12, 2012 A Senate spending bill appropriators approved Tuesday does not include provisions related to federal pay, according to an aide familiar with the legislation. A Senate Appropriations subcommittee marked up its fiscal 2013 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, following a House panel’s lead by staying silent on the issue...

Analysis: More cuts on the way

June 11, 2012 It seems odd to use the word “budget” to describe the federal government’s annual fiscal plan. After all, a budget implies frugality, and let’s face it: The $3.5 trillion federal budget isn’t exactly a model of restraint. Everyone agrees we need to spend less, but no one agrees on how...

HUD seeks more detailed data on executive pay

June 7, 2012 The Housing and Urban Development Department will ask for more comprehensive salary data from public housing authorities near the end of this year, according to a department spokesman. The Obama administration earlier this week announced it would extend and broaden the current congressionally mandated pay caps on the annual compensation...

An Insatiable Appetite for Pay and Benefits Cuts

June 7, 2012 There are many issues the 112th Congress is loath to tackle, but federal employees’ pay and benefits isn’t one of them. It seems the start of each season ushers in a raft of new proposals from lawmakers seeking to further freeze federal salaries, downsize the workforce or require government employees...

OPM chips away at retirement claims logjam

June 5, 2012 The backlog of federal retirement claims is down 19 percent since January, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM reported a backlog of 49,473 retirement claims in May, a 19 percent decrease from January, when the pileup stood at 61,108 claims. The agency received 477...

VA seeks to improve treatment of women vets

June 5, 2012 Women veterans suffer more from service-related physical and mental health problems than male vets, and are less likely to seek health care benefits, according to a draft report from the Veterans Affairs Department. Studies indicate that 31 percent of women vets have both medical and mental health conditions compared with...

More Cuts On the Way

June 1, 2012 It seems odd to use the word “budget” to describe the federal government’s annual fiscal plan. After all, a budget implies frugality, and let’s face it: The $3.5 trillion federal budget isn’t exactly a model of restraint. Everyone agrees we need to spend less, but no one agrees on how...

Serving Up Annuities

June 1, 2012 Everyone knows that when you owe Uncle Sam money, he likes to be paid promptly and in full. When the government owes you a check, well, let’s just say “promptly” and “in full” are not consistently applied. The folks who are waiting for the Office of Personnel Management to process...

Senators join forces to contain TRICARE hikes

May 18, 2012 Increases to certain health care insurance fees in the TRICARE program would be capped under a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate on Friday. The 2012 Military Health Care Protection Act links hikes to enrollment fees, deductibles and drug co-payments for military retirees to their annuity. It requires that the...

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