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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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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...

Pay and Benefits Roundup

February 9, 2012 Another week, another round of legislative proposals aimed at reducing federal compensation. Government workers no doubt are wishing for another sort of round right about now. In fact, you could concoct a drinking game around how many times these days you hear the following from someone in Washington: “pay freeze,”...

Lawmakers insert federal pension provisions in highway bill

February 8, 2012 Legislative provisions to increase the amount government employees contribute to their pensions have been tucked into a major House bill, indicating the Republican leadership’s determination to change -- one way or another -- the federal retirement system in an effort to cut overall spending. The 2012 American Energy and Infrastructure...

TSP Roth option a step closer

February 8, 2012 A new retirement savings option for federal employees is another step closer to reality. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board published draft rules on the implementation of a Roth 401(k) option to the Thrift Savings Plan in Wednesday’s Federal Register. The option would allow employees to invest income that already...

House panel votes to increase amount feds contribute to pensions

February 7, 2012 A House committee approved a bill Tuesday evening that would increase the amount federal employees and lawmakers contribute to their government pensions. Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee split along party lines in a 22-to-16 vote to approve legislation that would require federal workers and members of...

Payroll conferees debate federal pay freeze

February 7, 2012 Proposals to extend the pay freeze for civilian federal workers should not be tied to efforts to freeze congressional salaries, said Washington-area lawmakers on the House-Senate payroll tax holiday conference committee during a Tuesday hearing. “I don’t think we should confuse the issue of the federal workforce with members of...

Employee groups assail proposal to increase pension contributions

February 6, 2012 Legislation that would increase the amount government workers contribute to their pensions drew renewed fire Monday from federal employee advocates. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plans to mark up a bill Tuesday afternoon that would increase feds’ contributions to their pensions by a total of 1.5 percent over...

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