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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Freeze Fears

December 8, 2011 My Dec. 1 column "It Could Get Worse" focused on the continued threat of cuts to federal pay and benefits. The failure of the super committee to reach a deficit cutting deal did not eliminate that threat; in fact, this past week we saw it emerge again in congressional proposals...

Groups urge House to reject proposals reducing federal pay and benefits

December 7, 2011 A group of federal employee advocates on Wednesday implored House leadership to reject any plan that would subject federal workers to an extended pay freeze or downsize the government to finance a longer payroll tax holiday. The Federal-Postal Coalition also called on lawmakers to provide a tax credit equal to...

USPS, unions extend contract negotiations again

December 7, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service and two of its unions agreed Wednesday afternoon, hours before the deadline, to continue their negotiations over contracts for employees. The new deadline for a resolution is midnight Friday, Dec. 16. Contracts with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union...

TSP returns disappoint in November

December 6, 2011 November was a fairly dismal month for Thrift Savings Plan returns with all but three funds posting in the red. After an above-average October in which the C Fund, invested in common stocks of large companies on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, jumped 10.93 percent, November was a disappointment....

Senior managers awarded smaller bonuses in 2010

December 5, 2011 The average amount of bonuses awarded to the government's top senior managers decreased by nearly 12 percent in fiscal 2010 from the previous year, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. The percentage of Senior Executive Service members receiving performance awards also fell, dropping 3.8 percentage points...

Senate rejects bill with pay freeze extension

December 2, 2011 The Senate on Thursday rejected a bill that would have extended the pay freeze for federal employees and downsized the government workforce. The measure, which would have extended the payroll tax cut in part by prolonging the federal pay freeze for civilian workers, was defeated in a 20 to 78...

White House opposes bill that includes a pay freeze extension

December 1, 2011 The White House on Thursday said it opposes legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut in part by prolonging the federal pay freeze. This week two Republican senators unveiled proposals to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut by -- among other measures -- continuing the two-year...

It Could Get Worse

December 1, 2011 The failure of the so-called congressional super committee to reach a deficit reduction deal by its Nov. 23 deadline temporarily spared federal employees from further pay and benefits pain. Any agreement likely would have included an increase in the amount individual feds contribute to their pensions -- a proposal with...

Shelter from the Storm

December 1, 2011 Federal managers and employees fought their way through rough conditions this year. And next year's forecast isn't great, either. A federal government shutdown typically is considered an extraordinary event. The remarkable thing about 2011 was that the government didn't shut down. At least it hadn't as of mid-November. The tally...

GOP considers longer pay freeze

November 30, 2011 Senate Republicans are considering an extension of the pay freeze for federal civilian workers to pay for a payroll tax cut, according to Wednesday news reports. The plan reportedly would continue the current two-year pay freeze which runs through 2012 for one or two more years, according to a story...

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