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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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Deadline extended for special military pay

March 7, 2011 Military members and veterans have until March 18 to file for special pay if their service was extended involuntarily between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. The 2009 supplemental war appropriations law authorized retroactive stop-loss special pay of up to $500 for every full or partial month that military...

OPM clarifies leave policies for feds

March 4, 2011 Federal employees can request unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework during an emergency if they want to leave the office before their designated early departure times, according to a March 3 memo from the Office of Personnel Management. The clarification from OPM aims to maintain government productivity in the event of...

Court cases reaffirm law prohibiting discrimination against workers serving in the military

March 3, 2011 The law protecting the jobs and benefits of employees on active or reserve military duty received a boost earlier this week from two separate court decisions. The rulings, handed down in separate cases by the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, involve the 1994...

Domestic Dispute

March 3, 2011 Slowly but surely, the government in recent years has been expanding benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal workers. But same-sex partners still are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, arguably the Holy Grail for supporters of expanding government benefits. The issue has been attracting...

Watchdog: Postal Service proposals could undermine funding of retiree benefits

February 28, 2011 This story has been updated. U.S. Postal Service proposals to change how retiree benefits are funded could adversely affect those programs and would not help the agency out of the red, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general. The study, which is expected to...

Bargaining Chips

February 24, 2011 If we've learned anything during the past week or so from the protests over collective bargaining rights across the country, it's that the political party in power can affect the nature of such benefits. Both parties see their positions on collective bargaining as useful to their political base and core...

Pay is no guarantee for furloughed employees

February 22, 2011 If Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach an agreement on the continuing resolution by March 4 and the government shuts down, then federal employees who are furloughed might not be compensated for the loss in pay. The last time the government shut down in 1995 and 1996, for...

Legislation would give troops flexible spending accounts

February 18, 2011 Military service members would be able to sock away money for health care and other expenses in flexible savings accounts under a bipartisan bill House and Senate lawmakers unveiled on Thursday. Currently, civilian federal employees can use flexible spending accounts, which allow them to set aside a portion of their...

Grassley questions suspicious purchases made by Commerce officials

February 17, 2011 A Republican lawmaker is seeking answers from the Commerce Department on its management of a fund used to pay for expenses associated with civil and criminal investigations. The asset forfeiture fund, managed by Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is in such "disarray" that an outside auditor was unable to...

Accentuate the Positive

February 17, 2011 Earlier this week, President Obama released his fiscal 2012 budget, which contains a 1.6 percent pay raise for military service members and allocates an overall $8.3 billion for education, housing, and other quality of life programs for troops and their families. You can almost hear the collective groan from the...