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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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Legislation would give troops flexible spending accounts

February 18, 2011 Military service members would be able to sock away money for health care and other expenses in flexible savings accounts under a bipartisan bill House and Senate lawmakers unveiled on Thursday. Currently, civilian federal employees can use flexible spending accounts, which allow them to set aside a portion of their...

Grassley questions suspicious purchases made by Commerce officials

February 17, 2011 A Republican lawmaker is seeking answers from the Commerce Department on its management of a fund used to pay for expenses associated with civil and criminal investigations. The asset forfeiture fund, managed by Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is in such "disarray" that an outside auditor was unable to...

Accentuate the Positive

February 17, 2011 Earlier this week, President Obama released his fiscal 2012 budget, which contains a 1.6 percent pay raise for military service members and allocates an overall $8.3 billion for education, housing, and other quality of life programs for troops and their families. You can almost hear the collective groan from the...

GAO praises government for progress on human capital management

February 16, 2011 The Government Accountability Office still considers the federal government's stewardship of its 2.1-million-person workforce at high risk for mismanagement, but the watchdog agency said on Wednesday that Uncle Sam has made "substantial progress" in addressing human capital challenges. GAO praised the Office of Personnel Management in particular for its attention...

Lawmaker seeks federal hiring freeze

February 15, 2011 A House lawmaker reintroduced a bill late last week that would freeze hiring governmentwide except at the Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs departments. The Federal Workforce Reduction Act would reduce the size of the federal workforce by attrition: only one hire for every two employees who retire or leave...

Budget includes 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel

February 14, 2011 At a time when the administration is emphasizing belt-tightening and the need for federal employees to sacrifice to help reduce the deficit, President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget request proposes a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel and allocates an overall $8.3 billion for education, housing and other quality of...

House lawmakers reintroduce paid parental leave bill

February 11, 2011 Lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would give all federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Employees currently can use a combination of paid annual leave, paid sick leave and unpaid leave for childbirth or adoption under the 1993 Family and...

OPM launches online university for human resources managers

February 8, 2011 The government on Tuesday launched an online tool designed to provide federal human resources managers with better training. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced the first phase of its Human Resources University, a Web-based platform offering a course catalog, career guide for current...

Getting Out In Front Of The GOP Budget Knife

February 7, 2011 By Charles S. Clark "The easy cuts are behind us," wrote Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew in a Saturday op-ed in The New York Times. In what might be seen as a bid to model the self-sacrificing behavior the Obama White House would like to see from...

Unscheduled Leave for D.C. Feds on Wednesday

February 1, 2011 Washington-area federal employees can take another day of unscheduled leave on Wednesday due to winter weather, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The federal government will be open. Here's the full memo: On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have...

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