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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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Federal agencies in Washington will open late because of wintry weather

January 22, 2012 Jacquelyn Martin/AP Federal agencies in Washington will open at 11 a.m. Monday because of adverse weather. The Office of Personnel Management is recommending that federal workers stay off the roads until 9:00 a.m. because of icy conditions in the Washington area, and employees who commute to the office will be...

Pension tensions continue to mount

January 20, 2012 Gerald Herbert/AP Retirement benefits for government workers continue to receive scrutiny early in 2012, as budget-cutting once again takes center stage and the presidential campaign gains momentum. House and Senate conferees return to Washington on Monday to pick up the payroll tax cut extension debate -- proposals on the table...

Federal pay and benefits remain at risk as Congress returns

January 19, 2012 Government employee advocates remain concerned over possible cuts to federal pay and benefits, as the debate over financing the yearlong payroll tax holiday resumes next week on Capitol Hill. House and Senate conferees are scheduled to begin discussions soon over how to finance a 12-month payroll tax cut extension past...

Public satisfaction with federal services increases

January 18, 2012 Americans today are happier with federal services than they were a year ago, but overall trust in government has declined, according to a new survey. The public's satisfaction with federal services increased 2.3 percent to a score of 66.9 in 2011, after a 5 percent decrease between 2009 and 2010,...

Retirement Plan

January 18, 2012 Many federal retirees have complained for some time about the government's inability to process their annuity payments promptly or accurately. I recently heard from a disabled Iraq war veteran who has been waiting seven months for the Office of Personnel Management to process his disability retirement payments. The problem has...

GSA declines to raise mileage reimbursement rate

January 17, 2012 The mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees who use their private vehicles for work is not increasing in 2012, the General Services Administration announced. The rate for cars will remain 51 cents per mile. The Internal Revenue Service changed the reimbursement level last summer due to high gas prices to...

No furloughs expected at GAO, officials say

January 13, 2012 GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro ruled out layoffs in October, but at that time furloughs were still under consideration. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP The Government Accountability Office does not expect to furlough employees anytime soon, according to the agency. GAO spokesman Chuck Young said Friday there are no furloughs coming down...

Less Than 1 Percent

January 12, 2012 Many federal employees and their advocates were less than thrilled by the news last week that President Obama wants to lift the pay freeze in 2013. In fact, some readers were downright contemptuous of the proposed 0.5 percent salary bump. Our Jan. 6 story generated lots of reader reaction. Some...

Congressional pay could rise in 2013

January 9, 2012 Alex Brandon/AP Lawmakers could earn slightly more money in 2013 if they decide to follow President Obama's recommendation and lift the two-year pay freeze on federal employees. Congress likely will vote against giving itself a pay raise in 2013, as it has done since 2009. But if lawmakers don't do...

White House proposal to end pay freeze draws mixed reactions

January 6, 2012 Federal employee groups had mixed reactions to the news Friday that President Obama will propose a pay increase for federal employees in his fiscal 2013 budget. Advocates for federal workers were pleased with the news, first reported by The Washington Post, that the Obama administration is backing a 0.5 percent...

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