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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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Domestic Dispute

March 3, 2011 Slowly but surely, the government in recent years has been expanding benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal workers. But same-sex partners still are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, arguably the Holy Grail for supporters of expanding government benefits. The issue has been attracting...

Watchdog: Postal Service proposals could undermine funding of retiree benefits

February 28, 2011 This story has been updated. U.S. Postal Service proposals to change how retiree benefits are funded could adversely affect those programs and would not help the agency out of the red, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general. The study, which is expected to...

Bargaining Chips

February 24, 2011 If we've learned anything during the past week or so from the protests over collective bargaining rights across the country, it's that the political party in power can affect the nature of such benefits. Both parties see their positions on collective bargaining as useful to their political base and core...

Pay is no guarantee for furloughed employees

February 22, 2011 If Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach an agreement on the continuing resolution by March 4 and the government shuts down, then federal employees who are furloughed might not be compensated for the loss in pay. The last time the government shut down in 1995 and 1996, for...

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...

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