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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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House Panel Approves TSP Bill

March 12, 2014 A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. The Smart Savings Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would change the default enrollment fund ...

Bill Would Change TSP Default Settings

March 11, 2014 A House committee on Wednesday will consider a bill that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. The Smart Savings Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would change the default enrollment ...

Fiscal 2015 Budget Winners and Losers

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal is a mixed bag in terms of budget winners and losers. Of the Cabinet departments and major agencies listed in the chart below, 11 would see their spending levels decrease from their fiscal 2014 enacted budgets; the budgets of four would remain ...

Washington-Area Agencies Reopen Tuesday on Two-Hour Delay

March 3, 2014 Federal agencies in the Washington area are open on Tuesday, and operating on a two-hour delay, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday night. Employees can choose to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Those reporting to work should plan to arrive no more than two hours later than they ...

Washington-Area Federal Offices Are Closed Monday

March 2, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening that federal offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday because of a major winter storm expected to hit the region. Emergency and telework employees are expected to work. Monday marks the fourth closure of D.C.-area federal offices during the ...

Federal Government in Washington Area Closed on Thursday

February 12, 2014 Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are closed on Thursday because of a significant winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and ice to the region overnight and into the morning rush hour. Emergency workers and employees who telework should follow their agency’s policies, and are expected to work ...

The Modern Federal Manager Works Somewhere in Your Agency

February 5, 2014 Talk about timing: Just as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s massive new financial management system went live in October 2013, the government shut down. The debut of the project Richard Haley has shepherded since he arrived at the agency in 2005 coincided with the first government closure in 17 years. ...

Federal Offices in Washington on Two-Hour Delay Wednesday Due to Weather

January 21, 2014 Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area are open on Wednesday and operating on a two-hour delay, the Office of Personnel Management announced late Tuesday night. Employees can take either unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, if they choose. “Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours ...

The Modern Federal Manager

January 21, 2014 Talk about timing: Just as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s massive new financial management system went live in October 2013, the government shut down. The debut of the project Richard Haley has shepherded since he arrived at the agency in 2005 coincided with the first government closure in 17 years. ...

House Passes Fiscal 2014 Spending Package

January 15, 2014 The House on Wednesday afternoon approved a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 appropriations package providing spending stability for agencies and removing the threat of another government shutdown for at least the next 9 months. The Senate, which passed a three-day continuing resolution on Wednesday to keep the government open past Jan. ...