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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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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...

Postal reform bills could see action early this year

January 5, 2012 Postal reform legislation could move quickly in both chambers when lawmakers return to work later this month. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which approved a postal reform bill in October 2011, plans to file its report on H.R. 2309 in a matter of days, Ann Fisher, director of...

On Defense

January 5, 2012 We're just a few days into 2012, and guess what? Federal compensation is once again on the radar. This week, however, the focus is on military service members and retirees rather than the civilian workforce. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Tuesday that he plans to unveil a strategy soon for...

Military pay raise takes effect

January 3, 2012 Legislation funding the Defense Department in 2012 contains a pay raise for service members and a premium hike for some enrollees in the military's health care program. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Obama signed into law on Dec. 31, 2011, includes a 1.6 percent pay bump for...

Buyout Or Bust

January 1, 2012 Several agencies are offering cash incentives to encourage employees to leave, but most might be better off staying put. More than a few employees in and outside government dream of being paid to leave their jobs. In an ideal world, workers would take the money and run, as the Steve...

Are federal buyout incentives worth taking?

December 30, 2011 More than a few employees in and outside government dream of being paid to leave their jobs. In an ideal world, workers would take the money and run, as the Steve Miller Band advised in the 1976 song, to another job or to a well-deserved retirement. But this is not...

Database lists top federal earners in 2011

December 22, 2011 The highest paid federal employees in 2011 worked primarily in the medical field at government health agencies, according to data compiled by a company that specializes in connecting businesses through technology. The top 1,000 federal salaries this year ranged from $216,345 to $350,000, with most of the highest earners working...

Calculating Pay

December 22, 2011 As 2011 draws to a close, the federal pay freeze and potential cuts to government pensions are still very much on the radar screen. Tracking the news is one thing, figuring out exactly how much money you stand to lose is another. Now, feds can punch their own numbers into...

Groups still worried about possible extended federal pay freeze

December 20, 2011 While debate in Congress over the payroll tax cut continues to rage, federal employee groups remain worried that provisions affecting government workers still could be included in a final legislative deal. The House passed a bill extending the payroll tax cut for a year and partly financed it through a...

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