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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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Bill bans bonuses for feds under investigation

June 20, 2012 Federal employees at the General Services Administration who are under investigation for misconduct would not receive bonuses under an amendment to a House spending bill. The House Appropriations Committee accepted the amendment, offered by Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, as part of the fiscal 2013 Financial Services and General Government spending...

The silence on next year’s pay raise continues

June 20, 2012 The House Appropriations Committee advanced a spending bill Wednesday that does not contain a pay raise for federal workers in 2013. The full panel followed the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee’s lead and stayed silent on whether to allocate funds for a federal civilian pay boost. The Financial Services...

Top NIST employees could see smaller bonuses in 2013

June 18, 2012 Many top employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology could see smaller bonuses as a result of upcoming changes to the agency’s personnel management system. NIST is required to award to high-performing employees at the top of their payband bonuses that at least equal the increase those workers...

Pay raise missing from spending bill

June 14, 2012 A Senate panel advanced a spending bill Thursday that sets the stage for an extended pay freeze for government employees. The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its fiscal 2013 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, following the subcommittee’s lead by staying silent on the issue of a possible federal...

Analysis: Pay reform’s time has come

June 13, 2012 Government employees’ compensation is too generous, too stingy or just about right, depending on who’s talking. If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, though, it’s that the time for federal pay reform has come. A panel of economists and public policy observers revisited the federal pay debate in Washington on...

Appropriators silent on 2013 pay raise

June 12, 2012 A Senate spending bill appropriators approved Tuesday does not include provisions related to federal pay, according to an aide familiar with the legislation. A Senate Appropriations subcommittee marked up its fiscal 2013 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, following a House panel’s lead by staying silent on the issue...

Analysis: More cuts on the way

June 11, 2012 It seems odd to use the word “budget” to describe the federal government’s annual fiscal plan. After all, a budget implies frugality, and let’s face it: The $3.5 trillion federal budget isn’t exactly a model of restraint. Everyone agrees we need to spend less, but no one agrees on how...

HUD seeks more detailed data on executive pay

June 7, 2012 The Housing and Urban Development Department will ask for more comprehensive salary data from public housing authorities near the end of this year, according to a department spokesman. The Obama administration earlier this week announced it would extend and broaden the current congressionally mandated pay caps on the annual compensation...

An Insatiable Appetite for Pay and Benefits Cuts

June 7, 2012 There are many issues the 112th Congress is loath to tackle, but federal employees’ pay and benefits isn’t one of them. It seems the start of each season ushers in a raft of new proposals from lawmakers seeking to further freeze federal salaries, downsize the workforce or require government employees...

OPM chips away at retirement claims logjam

June 5, 2012 The backlog of federal retirement claims is down 19 percent since January, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM reported a backlog of 49,473 retirement claims in May, a 19 percent decrease from January, when the pileup stood at 61,108 claims. The agency received 477...

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