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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Military TSP enrollment grows

April 18, 2011 Nearly 40 percent of active-duty service members are participating in the Thrift Savings Plan, officials said on Monday during a monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The number of military personnel paying into the TSP rose from 38.4 percent in February to 38.7 percent in March. The...

Lawmaker wants more robust effort to collect improper payments

April 15, 2011 The Obama administration is setting the bar a bit too low when it comes to recovering improper payments, a House Democrat said on Friday. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said the administration's goal of recapturing at least $2 billion in improper payments between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2012, is "rather modest."...

FEMA employee charged with embezzlement

April 14, 2011 A human resources employee at the Federal Emergency Management Agency is charged with embezzling nearly $150,000 from the government, according to a court document. Sheila Ann Howard, 54, of Capitol Heights, Md., is accused of submitting 26 fraudulent payments through FEMA's special payroll processing system during a 15-month period, and...

Federal workers’ comp program needs upgrade, panel says

April 13, 2011 The government's compensation program for federal workers injured on the job is too generous and should be reformed so that employees receive less benefits and return to work faster, some witnesses at a House hearing said Wednesday. Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, employees disabled on the job can receive...

President issues call for 'leaner' government

April 13, 2011 President Obama on Wednesday unveiled the general outlines of a plan for $4 trillion in deficit reduction, saying it would require finding savings in major federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, along with ending tax cuts and cutting overall government spending. "If we believe that government can make a...

Bill would boost federal manager training

April 12, 2011 Lawmakers on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require agencies to provide regular training to federal managers. The bipartisan bill would require federal supervisors to receive training within one year of becoming a manager, and once every three years after that. Training topics include developing and discussing goals and objectives with...

White House launches major effort to support military families

April 12, 2011 The White House on Tuesday launched a national initiative that focuses on the employment, education and wellness of military personnel and their families. First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced the Joining Forces initiative, which knits together a panoply of government agencies, businesses, nonprofit groups and media organizations in...

Bill would tie lawmakers’ access to retirement benefits to Social Security age

April 11, 2011 Congressional lawmakers would have to wait until they reach the Social Security retirement age to access their federal annuity benefits under new legislation. Lawmakers now do not have to wait until they turn the Social Security retirement age -- which typically ranges from 65 to 67, depending on year of...

Cuts in pay, benefits could be part of shutdown deal

April 8, 2011 This story has been updated. Cutting the pay and benefits of federal employees could be part of negotiations among lawmakers and the White House to avoid a government shutdown, according to a story in The Washington Post. The Post reported on Friday that officials are contemplating cost-saving measures that could...

Administration backs retroactive pay for feds in event of shutdown

April 7, 2011 This story has been updated. The administration favors compensating federal employees retroactively in the event of a government shutdown, a senior official with the Office of Management and Budget said on Thursday. "It's Congress' decision, but the administration supports reimbursement," said Jeff Zients, OMB deputy director for management and the...

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