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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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Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign

September 10, 2012 Most federal employees said they don’t plan to donate money to charities this year through the Combined Federal Campaign, according to an informal Government Executive poll. Sixty percent of 1,529 respondents indicated feds would not contribute to the government’s annual program to raise money for charities while 28 percent said...

Spending cuts likely to trigger furloughs

September 6, 2012 Federal agencies will have to consider furloughing employees if Congress and the White House cannot reach a deal before the end of the year to stave off the governmentwide automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January 2013, according to a former top budget aide on Capitol Hill. “I’m...

OPM makes slow but steady progress on retirement backlog

September 5, 2012 The backlog of federal retirement claims is down 32 percent since the beginning of the year, according to the latest figures from the Office of Personnel Management. The agency received 973 more applications in August than it expected, and processed 365 more files than its projected goal for the month....

TSP is back in black

September 4, 2012 The Thrift Savings Plan had a decent August, with every fund posting a positive return that month. The S Fund, which is invested in small and midsize companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, saw an increase of 3.57 percent in August, the biggest boost of all the...

All Business

September 1, 2012 "The taxpayers shouldn’t have to have money taken out of their paychecks to pay people in government, who are our servants, who are making a lot more money than we are." It’s the tail end of that remark that really smarts if you’re a federal employee. Romney’s net worth hovers...

Obama expands military suicide prevention programs

August 31, 2012 President Obama on Friday issued an executive order directing federal agencies to expand suicide prevention programs and mental health care for service members, veterans and their families. The order calls on the Veterans Affairs Department to hire 800 support counselors, who are also vets, to help their peers receive mental...

Poll: How Charitable Are You Feeling?

August 30, 2012 The government’s annual program to raise money for charities, the Combined Federal Campaign, starts Sept. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Federal employees traditionally have been very generous with their donations; $7 billion has been raised for good causes since the CFC’s creation in 1961. But a two-year federal pay...

Uncle Sam’s annual giving campaign launches Sept. 1

August 30, 2012 The government’s annual campaign to raise money for charities kicks off Sept. 1, on the heels of a recent report suggesting wide-ranging changes to the 51-year-old program. [Related Poll: How charitable are you feeling?] Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry sent a memorandum to agencies encouraging them to allow...

An Upside to the Pay Freeze

August 30, 2012 It’s safe to say the two-year federal pay freeze has not been popular with government workers. Even those who support the freeze acknowledge its limitations: the savings it has generated (estimates are between $60 billion and $70 billion) is a drop in the deficit-reduction bucket, and it’s not exactly a...

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

August 28, 2012 A draft version of the Republican Party’s policy platform calls for restructuring federal pay and benefits and shrinking the government workforce through attrition. The document, posted online by Politico, praises federal workers for their dedication and “the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation,” but...

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