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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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Civilians in Iraq eligible for premium pay cap waiver through 2012

July 23, 2012 Civilian federal employees working in Iraq are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of 2012, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The July memorandum, released because of a May executive order from President Obama continuing the national emergency in Iraq through May 22,...

Union, TSA near final labor contract

July 23, 2012 A federal employee union is close to a final labor agreement with the Transportation Security Administration that will affect 45,000 transportation security officers nationwide. Calling the negotiations “marathon,” John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the union has a partial collective bargaining agreement with TSA, but...

Government extends some benefits to feds’ same-sex partners

July 20, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management published final regulations Friday expanding several benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. Same-sex domestic partners of feds now are automatically considered an “insurable interest” for survivor annuities. Federal employees in good health can opt to provide an insurable interest annuity, which is different...

Uncle Sam still can’t write very well, study shows

July 19, 2012 Uncle Sam’s writing is still a work in progress, according to a nonprofit watchdog group that advocates for a jargon-free government. The Center for Plain Language on Thursday issued report cards for the first time grading several agencies’ efforts to comply with a 2010 law to make government documents, reports...

TRICARE Fertility Care

July 19, 2012 The rising cost of providing health care to active-duty and retired military personnel continues to be a third-rail political issue. During the past 12 years, the cost of military health care to the government has more than doubled, but Congress does not have the appetite for raising TRICARE fees. At...

Part-time firefighters now eligible for health care

July 17, 2012 Part-time firefighters now have access to health care under an interim final rule that took effect Tuesday. The policy change means more than 8,000 temporary seasonal firefighters and their families can access health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The new rule also applies to fire protection personnel....

TRICARE contractor drops challenge to award

July 16, 2012 The company that provides health care to millions of service members and their families in the western region of the country dropped its challenge to the government’s decision not to renew its contract. “It is with mixed emotions that we make this decision; however, continuing to challenge the government’s decision...

Service members weigh in on pay versus benefits

July 12, 2012 Senior military officers place a high value on retirement benefits and health care for their families while junior enlisted personnel tend to favor increases in pay, according to new survey results from a nonpartisan policy research institute. Active-duty service members at the lower end of the pay scale would prefer...

Union sounds off over governor’s Gestapo comment

July 11, 2012 The leader of a large federal union on Tuesday demanded a full apology from the governor of Maine who compared the Internal Revenue Service to Nazi Germany’s murderous secret police. Republican Gov. Paul LePage referred to the IRS as the “new Gestapo” during a July 7 radio address in which...

Firefighters win health care benefits

July 11, 2012 President Obama this week directed agencies to extend health care benefits to part-time federal firefighters. The policy change means more than 8,000 temporary seasonal firefighters now have access to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The administration plans to issue more details on the change later this month, according to...

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