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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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Some Feds Will See Life Insurance Rate Hikes in January

August 11, 2015 Some federal employees and retirees who have life insurance will see their premium rates change as of Jan. 1, 2016. The Office of Personnel Management announced that some premiums under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) will increase, others will decrease, and some rates will stay the same....

TRICARE Enrollees Soon Will Have to Refill Certain Drugs Via Mail or at Military Facilities

August 10, 2015 Beginning on Oct. 1, TRICARE beneficiaries will have to obtain refills for certain drug prescriptions through the mail, or at military treatment facilities, according to a new interim final rule from the Defense Department. The new policy affects refills of non-generic prescription “maintenance medications,” or drugs that people take on...

Senate Votes To Protect Federal Retirees From Fraud

August 7, 2015 The Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill that aims to better protect federal retirees from nefarious financial representatives seeking to steal their benefits. The 2015 Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act, which Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced in June, would give U.S. attorneys the statutory authority...

Dear Congress: Stop Messing With the G Fund

August 6, 2015 Lawmakers must stop targeting the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities fund in budget negotiations, several federal employee advocates said on Thursday. Congressional proposals to limit the rate of return on the G Fund to reduce the deficit keep surfacing, most recently in Senate talks to finance an extension of highway...

Retirement Claims Backlog Grows

August 6, 2015 The retirement claims backlog grew by nearly 2,000 applications between June and July, according to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management. The increase in the backlog during that month – from 14,511 unprocessed federal retirement claims to now 16,455 claims – is a setback for OPM, which...

Government Makes Another Move to Eliminate Gender Pay Gap

August 5, 2015 Agencies should not allow job applicants’ current salary to carry too much weight when determining their pay as new federal employees, said the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management. The move marks another step in the government’s effort to eliminate the gender pay gap at federal agencies. “In...

Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Just Got More Expensive for Some

August 4, 2015 This story has been updated. Premiums increased Aug. 1 for new enrollees in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, according to the Office of Personnel Management. OPM sent agency benefit officers a notice on Monday informing them of the rate increases, which do not affect current enrollees in the...

TSP Rebounds in July

August 3, 2015 Every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan, except the one invested in small and midsize companies, posted positive returns in July, according to the latest data from the board overseeing the TSP. The S Fund had the worst month, dropping 0.12 percent in July. The fund, however, has gained 4.83...

Despite Possible Government Shutdown, Many Military Families Think Congress Will Reverse Sequestration in the Fall

July 31, 2015 A new survey of military families found that more than half believe that Congress will repeal sequestration before the across-the-board spending cuts fully resume in October. Fifty-two percent of service members and their families “are still holding on to the belief that Congress will void sequestration” before fiscal 2016 starts...

Congress OKs Shifting $3 Billion To Bail Out Cash-Strapped VA

July 31, 2015 The Senate on Thursday approved legislation by a vote of 91-4 that would give the Veterans Affairs Department budget flexibility to avoid closing hospitals this summer. The upper chamber passed the House’s short-term, three-month highway spending bill, which also includes provisions that allow VA to use $3.3 billion from the...