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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 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 ...

Cost of Living Adjustment Will Be Announced on Oct. 22

September 23, 2014 Federal retirees will know their 2015 cost-of-living adjustment soon, and it’s expected to be somewhere between 1.6 percent and 1.8 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will publish September’s Consumer Price Index figure on Oct. 22. That number is the final data point needed to calculate the ...

Federal Retirees Will Learn Their 2015 COLA Soon

September 23, 2014 Federal retirees will know their 2015 cost-of-living adjustment soon, and it’s expected to be somewhere between 1.6 percent and 1.8 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will publish September’s Consumer Price Index figure on Oct. 22. That number is the final data point needed to calculate the ...

Federal Employees Honored For Saving and Improving Lives

September 22, 2014 A doctor who led a global vaccine campaign to save children dying of bacterial meningitis and pneumonia has been named federal employee of the year by a nonprofit group. Rana Hajjeh, director of bacterial diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be honored at a black-tie event ...

All Women Enrolled in TRICARE Would Have Access to Free Birth Control Under Bill

September 19, 2014 All women enrolled in the military’s health care program would have access to birth control, counseling and family planning services for free, under legislation pending in the House and Senate. The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act aligns TRICARE coverage with the 2010 Affordable Care Act, ensuring ...

Military Families Are Most Worried About Pay and Benefits

September 18, 2014 Military families have a lot to worry about, and their biggest fears are over pay and benefits. Concerns over changes to military pay and other compensation, as well as changes to the retirement system, were the top two issues cited by spouses, service members and veterans in a new survey ...