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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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Reviewing the 3Rs

October 20, 2011 Recruitment, retention and relocation incentives may be a perk for some federal employees, but the government's so-called 3Rs program is getting some extra scrutiny from the Office of Personnel Management. In a memorandum to chief human capital officers, OPM Director John Berry requested that agencies submit reports on 3Rs payments...

Federal retirees will see COLA boost in 2012

October 19, 2011 Federal retirees will receive up to a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase in 2012 -- the first boost since 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released the Consumer Price Index figures for September, which are the final data point for determining the 2012 COLA. The CPI, a measure...

Bill caps Veterans Affairs bonuses

October 14, 2011 The House has approved a bill that would limit the amount of money the Veterans Affairs Department can pay in performance awards to senior employees during the next four years. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J., caps the amount of performance awards to senior staff to $2 million...

Lawmaker urges end to early federal retirement

October 11, 2011 A House lawmaker is urging the joint committee on deficit reduction to put an end to early federal retirements to save money. "There are many thousands of federal employees who are retiring in their 50s and even in their late 40s," Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., said in a letter...

Special counsel recommends reforms to law covering improper political activities

October 6, 2011 Federal employees would not automatically lose their jobs for violating a law prohibiting certain political activities, under draft legislation that the Office of Special Counsel sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday. OSC is recommending reforms to the 1939 Hatch Act, such as expanding the range of penalties under the law,...

Former Homeland Security employee heads to prison

October 6, 2011 A former supervisor at the Homeland Security Department begins his prison sentence later this month for taking bribes from foreign restaurant employees seeking to extend their stay in the United States. William Mann, a former Customs and Border Protection manager at Midway International Airport in Chicago, heads to federal prison...

Pension contribution levels rise

October 5, 2011 The amount the government contributes to the pension plans of federal employees, including lawmakers, is increasing slightly this month. For most federal employees, the amount agencies contribute to their pensions under the Federal Employees Retirement System rose from 11.7 percent to 11.9 percent at the start of fiscal 2012. The...

Panel urges Congress to scrap annual budget process

October 4, 2011 Congress should switch from an annual budget process to a two-year cycle to provide greater stability for federal agencies and conduct better oversight of government programs, lawmakers and witnesses said during a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Democrats and Republicans both expressed support for approving biennial agency budgets, or even...

Government to unveil COLAs on Oct. 19

October 3, 2011 Federal retirees will know on Oct. 19 the cost-of-living adjustment they will receive beginning in their January paychecks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the consumer price index figures for September at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 19. The numbers are the final data point for determining the COLA. Based...

Emerging Leaders

October 1, 2011 Young executives are taking their passion for public service to the top. As government grapples with seemingly intractable problems like shrinking budgets, overlapping missions and cumbersome processes from bygone days, there is some good news. Young leaders are stepping up to redefine the way federal agencies work through better technology,...