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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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White House Summit Reignites Talk Of Paid Parental Leave for Feds

July 3, 2014 President Obama wants the federal government to serve as a model for the American workforce when it comes to promoting family-friendly policies. But when he talked about paid parental leave in June at the White House summit on working families, it wasn’t government policy he touted. “In 2007, Google realized ...

The White House’s Total Payroll is Down, But the Typical Staffer is Earning More

July 2, 2014 The average salary of a White House staffer increased slightly between 2013 and 2014, but the total pay for those 456 employees dropped. The White House is paying out $82,855 less in overall salary to staff this year than it did in 2013, according to its annual report of employee ...

TSP Continues Growing in June

July 1, 2014 June was a strong month for the Thrift Savings Plan, with all the funds in the black, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, rose 4.45 percent in ...

Government’s Publisher to Offer Buyouts, Early Outs to Employees This Fall

July 1, 2014 The Government Printing Office plans to offer buyouts and early retirement to employees in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 to help the agency save money. GPO wants to reduce 5 percent of its 1,850-person workforce, about 100 positions. The agency, which is asking Congress and the Office of Personnel ...

Whistleblowing Can Also Put Pay and Benefits At Risk

June 30, 2014 Patient care and safety is at the heart of dozens of whistleblower complaints involving the Veterans Affairs Department. But federal employees who share concerns with supervisors also could be putting their own pay and benefits at risk. That’s what happened to Valerie Riviello, a nurse manager of the inpatient psychiatric ...

Obama Administration Encourages Agencies to Talk About Mental Health

June 27, 2014 The head of the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging agencies to talk to their employees about mental health. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and Pamela Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, sent a June 19 memo to agency leaders promoting the federal government’s “effective and ...

Senate Panel Backs Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

June 25, 2014 A Senate committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. The Smart Savings Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would change the default enrollment fund in the ...

Senate Panel Approves OMB Director Nomination

June 25, 2014 A Senate panel on Wednesday approved the nomination of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reported out the nomination 9-1, a day after the Budget Committee okayed it. The nomination, which ...

1 Percent Pay Raise On Horizon for Feds Next Year

June 24, 2014 It’s looking increasingly likely that federal employees will receive a 1 percent across-the-board pay bump in 2015. The current House version of the fiscal 2015 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, which the full Appropriations Committee will consider on Wednesday, is silent on a pay raise for feds next ...

White House Urges Agencies to Expand Telework, Other Workplace Flexibilities

June 23, 2014 President Obama on Monday directed federal agencies to inform employees about the workplace flexibilities available to them, and ensure the government is doing its best to offer those benefits to its workforce. The June 23 memorandum coincided with a White House summit in Washington on working families and the 21st ...