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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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Congress approves pension hike for new feds

February 17, 2012 New federal hires will have to pay 2.3 percent more toward their government pensions under a deal Congress approved Friday to extend the payroll tax holiday. Federal employees hired after Dec. 31, 2012, and those with less than five years of federal service must contribute an additional 2.3 percent for...

Current feds are still at risk despite payroll deal, unions warn

February 16, 2012 A legislative deal that requires new federal hires to contribute more to their government pensions spares current employees, but they’re still very much at risk, observers warned. Lawmakers and the Obama administration reached an agreement Wednesday night to extend the payroll tax holiday. Under the plan, current employees -- most...

Women in government report more satisfaction than male colleagues

February 15, 2012 Women in the federal workforce were slightly more satisfied with their jobs in 2011 than their male colleagues, according to a new survey from the Partnership for Public Service. That’s a switch from 2010, when the nonprofit reported a higher satisfaction score for male federal employees than female workers. Still,...

Pension changes could be part of payroll deal

February 15, 2012 This story has been updated. Federal employees could end up paying more for their retirement benefits as part of a tentative deal to extend the payroll tax holiday, according to sources familiar with the negotiations and news reports. An official with a federal employee advocacy group said government workers might...

Democrats seek to strip retirement provisions from highway bill

February 14, 2012 House Democrats have introduced a measure that would strip provisions related to federal employee benefits from a major transportation bill. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., submitted an amendment to the 2012 American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7) that would replace provisions to increase the amount government employees contribute to...

Budget recommends greater flexibility for Postal Service

February 13, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal recommends giving the U.S. Postal Service greater flexibility to operate and save money, including restructuring the way the agency prefunds retirees’ health benefits. The administration seeks to tweak a provision in the law that requires USPS to prefund retirees’ health benefits, which costs the...

President's budget makes pay raise proposal official

February 13, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama has proposed a 0.5 percent pay raise for federal workers in 2013, ending a two-year civilian pay freeze that began in 2011. The White House’s fiscal 2013 budget request, however, also includes a proposal to increase the amount federal employees contribute to their...

CBO: Pension bill would save government billions

February 10, 2012 A bill that would increase the amount federal workers and lawmakers contribute to their pensions would reduce the deficit by $44 billion during the next decade, according to an estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The legislation, which the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved Feb. 7 on...

Federal retirements spike in 2011

February 10, 2012 Federal retirements increased 24 percent in 2011 from the previous year, according to new statistics from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM received 104,810 retirement applications in 2011 compared to 84,427 in 2010. The wave of buyouts and early retirement packages during the latter part of 2011 likely contributed to...

GAO employees join union

February 9, 2012 Professional support employees at the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to join the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. More than 300 administrative and professional workers, including accountants, executive assistants, human resources specialists, librarians and IT staff, joined the union, which has represented about 2,000 GAO analysts...

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