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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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TSP Inches Forward in April

May 1, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund – invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index – fell 2.47 percent in April, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, which has gained 21.75 percent during the last ...

House Approves Sixth Consecutive Congressional Pay Freeze

May 1, 2014 The House voted Thursday to freeze its own pay for the sixth consecutive year. Lawmakers approved 402-14 a $3.3 billion fiscal 2015 spending bill (H.R. 4487) funding the legislative branch, which includes a provision to freeze congressional salaries at current levels. Rank-and-file members of Congress now receive an annual salary ...

House Members Poised to Freeze Their Pay Again, Prompting an Uncomfortable Discussion

April 30, 2014 The House is expected to vote Thursday to freeze its own pay for the sixth consecutive year. Lawmakers are poised to approve a $3.3 billion fiscal 2015 spending bill funding the legislative branch, which includes a provision to freeze congressional salaries at current levels. Rank-and-file members of Congress now receive ...

Bill Would Ban Misbehaving Feds From Getting Bonuses

April 30, 2014 Federal employees who break the law or aren’t in good standing with their agency would be prohibited from receiving bonuses under a new bipartisan Senate bill. The legislation, introduced on Tuesday by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., would prohibit agency heads from awarding bonuses to employees who ...

You Could Be on the Pitcher's Mound With a Member of Obama's Team

April 30, 2014 Want to see a major league baseball park from the pitcher’s mound? Now’s your chance. Five federal employees will be chosen to accompany Katherine Archuleta May 6 onto the field at Nationals Park in Washington when the Office of Personnel Management director throws out the first pitch. Archuleta will be ...

Federal Workforce Survey on Pay, Job Satisfaction Will Hit Employee Inboxes

April 29, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management over the next two weeks will email the 2014 federal workforce survey to employees across government, soliciting feedback on compensation, morale and job satisfaction. “Your input is more important than ever,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a letter to employees. “You now have the ...

More Buyouts and Possible Reform at Broadcasting Board of Governors

April 29, 2014 The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced on Tuesday that it is offering another round of buyouts to employees – the second round already this year – a day after House lawmakers introduced a major bill to reform the agency that oversees U.S. government media abroad. The agency will allow employees ...

TSP Told to Tighten Security at Data Centers

April 28, 2014 The agency overseeing billions of dollars in federal employees’ retirement assets needs to tighten security at its data centers, according to a new audit. The Labor Department and accounting firm KPMG found certain lapses related to obtaining physical access to facilities that house Thrift Savings Plan information and technology systems. ...

Warm Fuzzies On Tap For Federal Employees in May

April 25, 2014 Public servants will be in the public eye -- in a good way – this spring. The annual Public Service Recognition Week runs from May 4 through May 10 this year with the theme “Proud To Serve.” The week-long celebration of government employees began in 1985 and is managed by ...

The Most and Least Innovative Federal Agencies

April 24, 2014 NASA for the fourth consecutive year tops the list of most innovative large federal agencies, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s analysis of government data. The agency, which scored 76 points out of 100 on the innovation scale, also accomplished a first in 2013: NASA is the parent agency ...