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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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TRICARE fee hike likely for military retirees, say former Pentagon officials

May 10, 2011 Military retirees enrolled in the TRICARE program likely will see a fee increase in the next year, a panel of defense experts and former Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. "The chances are good" that Congress will agree to raise participant fees modestly starting in 2012 for military retirees eligible for...

OPM: Federal job announcements need to be shorter and sweeter

May 9, 2011 Agencies still need to better streamline their job announcements as part of the government's push to reform the bureaucratic federal hiring process, a top official from the Office of Personnel Management said on Monday. Sixty-one percent of agencies have simplified their job vacancy postings, said Nancy Kichak, OPM's associate director...

Docking Pay

May 5, 2011 Lawmakers and the Obama administration continue to seek ways to shrink the government's deficit, and federal employee pay continues to be a target. The Office of Personnel Management on Monday published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would eliminate the 10-year statute of limitations on garnishing the wages...

House panel set to approve 1.6 percent pay boost for military

May 3, 2011 A House Armed Services subcommittee says it will include a 1.6 percent pay raise for military members in its version of the 2012 Defense authorization bill. The figure is the same as President Obama's request in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal. It's slightly more than the president's fiscal 2011 request...

Nonprofit group announces finalists for public service awards

May 2, 2011 The Partnership for Public Service on Monday announced 34 finalists from across the government for its annual awards honoring outstanding public service. The federal workers, honored for their contributions to the public's health, safety and security, are contenders for eight Service to America Medals, including Federal Employee of the Year....

Sixty-six senior executives win Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards

April 28, 2011 Top civil servants being honored at a banquet on Thursday have saved the government more than $36 billion, according to the Senior Executives Association, which sponsors the annual Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards. The black-tie event at the State Department was put on to celebrate the 66 winners of the 2010...

Losing Pay-tience

April 28, 2011 This column has been updated. There's been a lot of debate during the past year over whether federal employees' compensation is too generous compared to the pay and benefits their private sector colleagues receive. Depending on one's perspective and the data used, federal workers are paid either too much or...

DEA Wants Your Surplus Meds

April 27, 2011 By Charles S. Clark With abuse of prescription medicines a growing problem, several agencies plan to participate in the second annual nationwide National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. local time. More than 5,100 sites have joined the effort, says the Drug Enforcement...

Deadline nears for agencies’ review of regulations

April 26, 2011 Agencies should make available to the public by June 1 their initial plans for streamlining and possibly repealing federal regulations, says a memo from the Office of Management and Budget. The April 25 memo from Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein reminds agencies that the preliminary reviews...

For feds, shutdown carries more risk than debt-ceiling woes

April 25, 2011 Federal workers likely would feel the effects of a government shutdown more acutely than they would the repercussions of exceeding the debt limit. "Failing to raise the debt ceiling would not bring the government to a screeching halt the way that not passing appropriations bills would," stated a February report...

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