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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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Millennials' Romance With Government is Short-Lived

October 8, 2014 Millennials working for the federal government enjoy their jobs, but aren’t staying in them very long, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Those born after 1980 make up 16 percent of the current federal workforce, and 86 percent of Millennial respondents in the upcoming 2014 ...

The Time Feds Spend on Union Biz Inches Up

October 7, 2014 This story has been updated. Federal employees spent slightly more time at work on union activities in fiscal 2012 than they did in fiscal 2011, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The overall increase – 1.3 percent – was negligible: Feds spent 3.43 million hours ...

OPM Takes Baby Steps Toward Reducing the Retirement Backlog in Sept.

October 6, 2014 The retirement claims backlog continued to drop incrementally in September, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM received 6,350 new retirement applications in September, 950 less than expected. The backlog is now at 12,767 claims -- 330 fewer claims than in August. OPM reported that ...

Wanted: The Next Crop of Presidential Management Fellows

October 2, 2014 Uncle Sam is now seeking applications through Oct. 15 from students and recent graduates of advanced degree programs for the next crop of Presidential Management Fellows. The prestigious program is open to those who will have received an advanced degree between Oct. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2015. Candidates go ...

How to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Forms

October 1, 2014 The board that administers the Thrift Savings Plan has some simple but important advice for successfully submitting forms to make changes to TSP accounts. In a new YouTube video, the TSP board offers five tips to help federal employees complete TSP requests, including those for withdrawals, and to do so ...

Some TRICARE Enrollees Won’t Have to Pay Annual Fee Increases

September 30, 2014 Some TRICARE beneficiaries and their dependents no longer have to worry about paying higher enrollment fees for their health care each year, according to a new policy announced on Tuesday. The Pentagon has decided to freeze annual enrollment fees for two groups of Prime beneficiaries at the rate in effect ...

The Unintended Consequence of Hiring Veterans

September 29, 2014 The federal government hired more women in 2000 than it did in 2012, according to anew analysis, part of an upcoming report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. The percentage of new employees hired in 2012 who were female dropped to 37 percent, down from 43 percent at the start ...

The Unintended Consequence of Special Hiring Authorities for Vets: Fewer Women Hires

September 26, 2014 The federal government hired more women in 2000 than it did in 2012, according to a new analysis, part of an upcoming report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. The percentage of new employees hired in 2012 who were female dropped to 37 percent, down from 43 percent at the ...

OPM Reminds Same-Sex Surviving Spouses They Are Eligible for Benefits

September 25, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management is reminding surviving same-sex spouses of federal retirees and employees who married before a 2013 Supreme Court decision overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act that they can apply for retirement and death benefits through June 26, 2015. The application window also extends to ...

Agencies Are Paying More to Avoid Costly Discrimination Adjudication

September 24, 2014 Federal agencies doled out more money to settle discrimination complaints in fiscal 2012 than in the previous year, according to an analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports. Agencies paid out $29 million in settlement-related monetary awards in fiscal 2012, up 18.8 percent from $24.4 million in fiscal 2011. That ...