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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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Treasury: Debt Limit D-Day is Oct. 17

September 25, 2013 Uncle Sam will exhaust its emergency borrowing authority by Oct. 17 and won’t have enough money to pay all its bills if Congress does not increase the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on Wednesday. Without an increase in the $16.7 trillion debt limit and no more emergency borrowing ...

Shutdown Furloughs Would Affect Hundreds of Thousands of Federal Workers

September 24, 2013 Roughly 800,000 federal civilian employees would be furloughed if the government shuts down on Oct. 1, according to news reports and data from 2011 -- the last time the government nearly shuttered. Most federal employees, however, would continue to work if there’s a lapse in appropriations, because the government considers ...

TSP Is Having a ‘Booming’ September

September 23, 2013 The government’s 401(k)-style retirement plan is on track to yield a lucrative September for federal enrollees. The Thrift Savings Plan has been “booming” this month, said Tracey Ray, chief investment officer of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, during the agency’s monthly board meeting on Monday. The C Fund, invested ...

House Approves Measure to Keep Government Open Past Sept. 30

September 20, 2013 The House passed a temporary spending measure on Friday to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 and defund President Obama’s health care reform law. As expected, the lower chamber approved a continuing resolution that funds agencies through Dec. 15 and keeps the sequester ...

Federal Retirement Plan Revises Rules to Include Same-Sex Marriages

September 19, 2013 The board that administers the Thrift Savings Plan is changing its rules on spousal rights to include gay federal employees wed in states recognizing same-sex marriages. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board will determine a TSP enrollee’s marital status based on where the marriage took place or the “jurisdiction of ...

White House Issues Veto Threat on Stopgap Funding Bill

September 19, 2013 President Obama will veto a measure to keep the government open past Sept. 30 if it reaches his desk in its current form, according to a statement from the White House. The House is poised to pass a continuing resolution on Friday that funds the government through Dec. 15, but ...

Military Community Feels the Effects of Furloughs, Too

September 19, 2013 Washington is in the grips of yet another potential government shutdown and a showdown over raising the debt limit. The sequester almost seems like old news. Almost, but not quite, unfortunately. Fiscal 2013 sequester-related furloughs might be over and done with, but unpaid leave for even more federal employees in ...

Votes on Keeping Government Open Could Come Down to the Wire

September 18, 2013 The House will vote this week on a measure to keep the government open past Sept. 30, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday. The legislation also will include language defunding the 2010 Affordable Care Act, tying the Republican effort to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law to funding for ...

Back Pay for Federal Employees No Guarantee If Government Shuts Down

September 17, 2013 Federal employees face the strong possibility that Congress will refuse to grant them back pay if the government shuts down in less than two weeks. The most conservative faction of the House Republican Party, which last week forced the GOP leadership to delay a vote on legislation to keep the ...

Thousands of Federal Paychecks Are Delayed Three Days

September 16, 2013 Several thousand federal employees are receiving their paychecks late because of a data entry error. The Interior Business Center, one of the government’s payroll processors, said 40,000 employees in 23 federal agencies will not receive their latest pay check until Sept. 17, the official pay date. IBC should have deposited ...