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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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GSA freezes per diem rates at 2012 levels

August 14, 2012 Government travel per diem rates will not change in fiscal 2013, according to the General Services Administration. GSA announced Tuesday that it will freeze fiscal 2013 travel reimbursement rates for lodging and other related expenses at fiscal 2012 levels. The move is part of the Office of Management and Budget’s...

Romney's VP pick has sought to freeze pay, trim benefits

August 11, 2012 As chairman of the House Committee, Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice, Paul Ryan, brings with him a record of pushing for freezes in federal pay and cuts in retirement benefits to address the country's fiscal woes. In March, Ryan unveiled a budget plan for fiscal 2013 that would cut the...

Former ICE employee sentenced for submitting phony travel vouchers

August 10, 2012 A former employee of the Homeland Security Department who participated in a fraud scheme that cost the government more than $500,000 was sentenced to two years of probation. William J. Korn, a former intelligence research specialist at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Tucson, Ariz., misused money he received...

Postal Service loses $5 billion in third quarter

August 9, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service lost $5.2 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, $2.1 billion more than the same period last year, according to the agency’s latest financial report. Of the $5.2 billion USPS lost from April to June, the agency’s obligation to prefund retiree health benefits ate up...

Don’t Give Up on a Pay Raise

August 9, 2012 Congress so far has been mum on whether to grant federal employees a pay raise in 2013. That silence, however, doesn’t necessarily mean government workers aren’t going to get one. The 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act allows the president through an executive order to set a pay raise for...

HR pros offer bleak assessment of federal managers

August 8, 2012 One-third of federal human resources professionals don’t think agency managers have the skills to succeed, according to a new report. The bleak assessment of agency line and operations managers shows a growing unease among HR professionals in the current political and fiscal environment, ranging from concern over potential workforce reductions...

Lawmakers consider TRICARE request

August 7, 2012 Lawmakers are still considering the Pentagon’s request to move funds from its health care program to cover costs associated with overseas military operations, according to a spokeswoman for Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. The department has asked Congress to reprogram $708 million of fiscal 2012 TRICARE funds to help pay for...

Retirement backlog continues to fall

August 6, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims than it expected to in July, according to the latest numbers from the agency. The claims backlog now stands at 44,679 -- a 27 percent drop overall since the beginning of 2012. The agency received 260 more applications in July than...

Bill curbs bonuses at VA

August 3, 2012 Legislation that would limit the amount of bonuses the Veterans Affairs Department can pay its top employees would save $13 million during the next four years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. CBO scored H.R. 4057, which limits to $1 million per year from 2013 to 2017 the total amount...

Federal travelers could have fewer lodging options

August 3, 2012 Per diem rates for federal travelers could take a dive in fiscal 2013. The General Services Administration reportedly is considering changes to the methodology it uses to calculate lodging rates for government travelers. The review is part of a governmentwide effort to comply with a May memorandum from the Office...

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