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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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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...

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...

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