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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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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...

Playing Defense

November 3, 2011 Most of the federal pay and benefits discussions during the past year have focused on the civilian workforce. But lawmakers also are giving serious consideration to reforming the military's compensation system -- a topic the armed services tread upon very carefully. The subject cropped up again Wednesday during a House...

Panel considers bill to shrink federal workforce through attrition

November 2, 2011 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday plans to mark up a bill (H.R. 3029) that aims to reduce the federal workforce through attrition by 10 percent by 2015. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., the bill's sponsor, estimates the legislation will save $139 billion over the next decade. The...

OMB employees split over labor representation

November 1, 2011 Professional employees at the Office of Management and Budget voted against forming a union Tuesday, while a smaller group of workers opted for representation, according to final results from the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Those workers in the "professional" job category voted 101-59 against joining the American Federation of Government...

Hatching a New Plan

November 1, 2011 Reform of the 72-year-old law that restricts certain political activities by government workers has been slow in coming. A small federal agency with a hefty caseload is trying to reform a 72-year-old law to improve its enforcement and save resources at the same time. The Office of Special Counsel, which...

Union opposes pension contribution proposal

October 28, 2011 A federal employee union is criticizing an Obama administration proposal to require employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority to contribute to their pensions beginning in 2013. The proposal, included in legislative language the Office of Management and Budget sent to the joint congressional committee on deficit reduction this month, recommends...

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