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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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Waitin’ on a Claim

April 21, 2011 No one likes to wait around for a paycheck, or find discrepancies in the amount of compensation they are owed. The same goes for retirement payments. The Office of Personnel Management has been roundly criticized for delays and errors in its retirement claims processing system, which is still largely manual...

Feds To Shake Out For Earthquake Drill

April 20, 2011 Don't be alarmed if you see your colleagues dive under their desks at 10:15 a.m. on April 28. It's just a drill. The departments of Homeland Security and Education are encouraging schools, government agencies and anyone else who's interested, to participate in the first-ever multistate earthquake drill in the central...

OPM issues guidance on telework

April 19, 2011 All federal agencies must establish a telework policy and notify employees of their eligibility to participate in the benefit by June 7, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, agencies were given 180 days from the law's enactment -- until June...

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...

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