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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Pension Restoration

August 18, 2011 No need to break out the calculator to figure out how much Uncle Sam owes you in interest on the government securities fund. The Treasury Department soon will send its report on the 2011 debt issuance suspension period to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. According to Tom Trabucco, director...

Library of Congress looks to reshape workforce through buyouts, early outs

August 16, 2011 The Library of Congress and three of its unions have agreed to offer targeted buyouts and early outs to employees in September, according to a memorandum signed by labor and management officials and obtained by Government Executive. "It's not a free-for-all. It's a targeted buyout," said Saul Schniderman, president of...

Agencies turn to buyouts in tough budget environment

August 16, 2011 Check out our Buyout Watch to see if your agency is on the list. Federal agencies increasingly are turning to buyouts and early retirement incentives as a way to save money and avoid potential layoffs or furloughs in the face of steep budget cuts in fiscal 2012. Since May, at...

Buyouts at HUD affect employees outside Washington

August 15, 2011 Certain employees working in the Housing and Urban Development Department's Western region are eligible for buyouts and early retirement packages this month. Eighteen slots in HUD's Region 9 Office of Field Policy and Management are eligible for buyouts between Aug. 8 and Aug. 18, according to an agreement between the...

Treasury refills federal pension coffers

August 15, 2011 The Treasury Department has made whole the federal pension coffers it tapped during the debt ceiling debacle, according to an official at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs for the board, said Tuesday that Treasury has contacted the board and within the next month...

Commerce offers buyouts, early outs

August 15, 2011 The Commerce Department is offering buyouts and early outs to several agencies within the department and is waiting for approval from the Office of Personnel Management to authorize use of the incentives to more agencies and operating units. Scott Quehl, chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration, sent an...

GAO plans to offer buyouts, early outs

August 12, 2011 The Government Accountability Office is planning to offer buyouts and early outs to employees, becoming the latest federal agency to try to restructure its workforce during tough fiscal times. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro sent a memo to employees Aug. 8 informing them GAO will seek approval from the Office of...

Super committee’s success or failure both threaten federal pay and benefits

August 11, 2011 Pick your poison, federal employees: Would you rather leave the fate of your pay and benefits up to 12 lawmakers, or to a little-known process called sequestration that dates back to the mid-1980s? It's a crapshoot, really, under the debt ceiling deal signed into law by President Obama last week...

Despite rate hike, many federal long-term care enrollees hold on to benefit

August 10, 2011 Nearly half of those enrolled in the federal long-term care insurance program did not change their benefit when premium rates increased in 2009, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Forty-six percent of the 146,415 enrollees who faced premium hikes made no change to the benefit, which...

Employees rank NASA as most innovative agency

August 9, 2011 More than half of federal workers value creativity and innovation in their jobs, according to a new report from a nonprofit organization. The Partnership for Public Service and the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, looked at the factors driving innovation in agencies and found 63.3 percent of employees...

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