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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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Survey: Federal employee satisfaction declines

November 16, 2011 Federal employees' satisfaction with their jobs declined slightly overall in 2011, according to a new survey of the best places to work in government. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service on Wednesday released its annual rankings of large and small agencies and announced the results of a survey that found...

Postal Service will resume FERS retirement contributions next month

November 15, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service will resume payments in December to its Federal Employees Retirement System account after suspending them this summer, the agency announced Tuesday. Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett said the agency has "sufficient cash on hand" to resume contributions in early December and pay out the amount that...

Survey: Military families report concern over potential TRICARE fee hike

November 14, 2011 Military families are worried about changes to their health insurance, and those concerns are prompting them to sock away more money for such costs during retirement, according to a new survey. Thirty-one percent of middle-class military families who responded to a survey from First Command Financial Behaviors Index are nervous...

USPS proposal to leave federal health benefits program questioned

November 11, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service's proposal to withdraw from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program likely will cost the cash-strapped agency more money, according to a health insurance expert. "Pulling out of the FEHB is neither necessary nor sufficient to solve their problems," said Walton Francis, an independent author and consultant....

Life insurance premium changes on the way for some feds

November 10, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday new premium rates for some federal workers and retirees enrolled in the government's group life insurance program. Some premiums are going down, while others are increasing beginning the first pay period on or after Jan. 1, 2012. The changes affect enrollees in Option...

FERS Fact Check

November 10, 2011 Federal retirement benefits -- and whether they are too generous -- are the subject of much discussion right now on Capitol Hill and within the Obama administration. It's likely the joint congressional committee on deficit reduction will include in its savings plan a recommendation to increase the amount federal employees...

Maryland Democrat is not optimistic super committee will spare feds

November 8, 2011 A senator with a large federal employee constituency said Monday that he would not be surprised if the super committee decides to cut federal workers' retirement benefits as part of its deficit reduction plan. "I will be very disappointed," if a proposal to increase employees' contribution rates to their pensions...

Federal managers support program cuts, fewer contractors

November 7, 2011 More than half of federal managers believe the super committee should cut programs to save money and reduce the number of government contractors, according to a new survey from Government Executive Media Group. Eighty-four percent of respondents supported shrinking the contractor workforce to save money and more than half identified...

Public-private pay gap widens

November 4, 2011 The pay gap between government employees and private-sector workers grew 2.25 percent this year in favor of private-sector workers, the Federal Salary Council announced Friday. The average pay gap in 2011 was about 26.3 percent, compared to 24.05 percent in 2010, according to survey data from the Bureau of Labor...

House panel approves bill to shrink federal workforce

November 3, 2011 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would reduce the federal workforce through attrition by 10 percent over the next three years. In a 23-14 vote, the panel approved the measure, which calls for hiring one federal employee to replace every three workers who...

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