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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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TSP contribution cap to increase in 2012

October 26, 2011 Federal employees will be able to contribute more to their Thrift Savings Plan accounts in 2012, according to the latest figures from the Internal Revenue Service. The cap on individual TSP contributions is increasing $500, from $16,500 to $17,000 next year as a result of the change in the cost-of-living...

Defense officials downplay panel’s role in revamping military retirement

October 25, 2011 Defense Department officials on Tuesday sought to tamp down concern on Capitol Hill over proposals from an advisory committee to significantly alter the military's retirement system. The Pentagon is reviewing its compensation structure for service members, including changes to retirement benefits. This summer the Defense Business Board, an advisory panel...

Senate approves COLA hike for disabled vets

October 24, 2011 The Senate has approved a bill that will give disabled veterans a cost-of-living adjustment boost in 2012. The legislation (S. 894) provides a 3.6 percent COLA increase for disabled vets, effective Dec. 1 with payouts starting in early January 2012. Federal retirees and Social Security recipients automatically receive COLAs tied...

Former ICE employee admits stealing from the government

October 20, 2011 A former Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee pleaded guilty to stealing money from the government and misusing a diplomatic passport. Ahmed Adil Abdallat faces up to 10 years in federal prison for using an official diplomatic passport for personal travel to and from Jordan, in addition to collecting more than...

Reviewing the 3Rs

October 20, 2011 Recruitment, retention and relocation incentives may be a perk for some federal employees, but the government's so-called 3Rs program is getting some extra scrutiny from the Office of Personnel Management. In a memorandum to chief human capital officers, OPM Director John Berry requested that agencies submit reports on 3Rs payments...

Federal retirees will see COLA boost in 2012

October 19, 2011 Federal retirees will receive up to a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase in 2012 -- the first boost since 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released the Consumer Price Index figures for September, which are the final data point for determining the 2012 COLA. The CPI, a measure...

Bill caps Veterans Affairs bonuses

October 14, 2011 The House has approved a bill that would limit the amount of money the Veterans Affairs Department can pay in performance awards to senior employees during the next four years. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J., caps the amount of performance awards to senior staff to $2 million...

Lawmaker urges end to early federal retirement

October 11, 2011 A House lawmaker is urging the joint committee on deficit reduction to put an end to early federal retirements to save money. "There are many thousands of federal employees who are retiring in their 50s and even in their late 40s," Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., said in a letter...

Special counsel recommends reforms to law covering improper political activities

October 6, 2011 Federal employees would not automatically lose their jobs for violating a law prohibiting certain political activities, under draft legislation that the Office of Special Counsel sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday. OSC is recommending reforms to the 1939 Hatch Act, such as expanding the range of penalties under the law,...

Former Homeland Security employee heads to prison

October 6, 2011 A former supervisor at the Homeland Security Department begins his prison sentence later this month for taking bribes from foreign restaurant employees seeking to extend their stay in the United States. William Mann, a former Customs and Border Protection manager at Midway International Airport in Chicago, heads to federal prison...

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