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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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Current Service Members and Retirees Won't Lose Any Retired Pay Under Reform

September 12, 2013 The Obama administration reiterated on Thursday that any proposed changes to the military’s retirement system must grandfather in current service members and current retirees. The president sent Sept. 12 letters to Congress and Alphonso Maldon, Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, to help guide that panel’s ...

Federal Employees Have Lost All Furlough Appeals So Far

September 12, 2013 The Merit Systems Protection Board sided with the agency in all the furlough appeals it had adjudicated as of Tuesday, a board official said. The quasi-judicial agency had decided 40 fiscal 2013 furlough appeals as of Sept. 10, said William Spencer, clerk of the board. Thirty-five were filed by employees ...

House Delays Vote on Measure to Prevent Government Shutdown

September 11, 2013 The House Republican leadership has delayed a vote on keeping the government open past Sept. 30, according to Capitol Hill staff. A House GOP aide confirmed that the vote on a stopgap measure to fund federal agencies from the start of fiscal 2014 on Oct. 1 until Dec. 15 has ...

Independent Agency Makes Headway on Furlough Appeals

September 11, 2013 The agency that handles furlough appeals for federal employees is moving forward with a record number of challenges from Defense Department employees. The Merit Systems Protection Board has docketed, or tagged, nearly all of the 32,000 furlough appeals that employees have filed in fiscal 2013, and has started adjudicating some ...

House Stopgap Spending Measure Would Help Agencies Dodge Furloughs

September 10, 2013 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday evening unveiled a spending measure to keep the government open past Sept. 30, when current funding runs out, and give federal agencies flexibility to avoid furloughs. The continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59) would provide funding at a rate of $986.3 billion ...

Republicans Want Lawmakers, Staff to Foot Obamacare Bill

September 10, 2013 Lawmakers and congressional staff would have to pay for their health care without government help under legislation introduced this week. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is sponsoring a bill (H.R. 3066) that would prohibit the government from contributing to the premium costs of health care plans covering members of Congress and ...

Man Who Trained Feds on How to Beat Polygraph Tests Heads to Prison

September 10, 2013 An Indiana man who charged federal employees and job applicants for training on how to beat lie detector tests was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday. Chad Dixon, 34, of Marion, Ind., charged customers up to $2,000 plus travel expenses to teach them how to subvert polygraph examinations ...

Congressional Staff Leave Their Jobs Because of Low Pay

September 9, 2013 Inadequate pay is the main reason congressional staff flee their jobs, according to a new report. Forty-five percent of respondents to the third “Life in Congress” study said a desire to earn more money significantly influenced their decision to leave Congress, while 51 percent of staffers cited low pay as ...

Federal Workforce Levels Off After Gradual Decline

September 6, 2013 The federal workforce did not grow between July and August, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Uncle Sam did not add or lose any jobs during the last month, remaining flat at around 2.7 million civilian employees, which includes Postal Service workers. The country added ...

Return of Overtime Helps Cut Retirement Backlog in August

September 5, 2013 The retirement claims backlog fell 11 percent between July and August, in part because the Office of Personnel Management resumed overtime for employees last month. “A year-end budget review” enabled OPM to reinstate “limited overtime” for retirement services staff in August, the agency said. The agency had eliminated all overtime ...