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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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How Phased Retirement Affects Your TSP

August 13, 2014 As feds gear up for Nov. 6 – the date retirement-eligible employees can begin submitting their applications for phased retirement – we will to try to periodically address your questions and inform you about how it will affect your pay and benefits. In that spirit, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment ...

Not Everyone Is Eligible for Phased Retirement

August 12, 2014 Most of the retirement-eligible federal workforce can begin applying for phased retirement in the fall, but a few groups won’t be able to take advantage of the new tool, according to the rules. Those covered under the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees Retirement System can apply for ...

Homeland Security Staff in Border Facilities Getting Sick on the Job

August 8, 2014 Homeland Security employees working at detention centers on the U.S. Southern border housing unaccompanied children from Central America have been exposed to disease on the job and become sick, according to a new report from the department’s watchdog. Customs and Border Protection staff at some Texas facilities reported contracting scabies, ...

Phased Retirement for Federal Workers Is Finally Here

August 7, 2014 After more than two years in federal regulation limbo, the law allowing federal employees to partially retire while continuing to work part-time for the government is finally being implemented. Eligible federal employees can submit their applications for phased retirement beginning Nov. 6. The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday filed ...

Phased Retirement is Finally Here

August 7, 2014 After more than two years in federal regulation limbo, the law allowing federal employees to partially retire while continuing to work part-time for the government is finally being implemented. Eligible federal employees can submit their applications for phased retirement beginning Nov. 6. The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday filed ...

DOD Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs If Congress Would Let It

August 6, 2014 Congress should scrap an outdated and unnecessary health care program that is costing the Defense Department billions in contracts, according to a new report from the government’s watchdog. A decades-old program within the military health system known as the U.S. Family Health Plan (USFHP) has outlived its usefulness, the Government ...

Defense Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs If Congress Would Let It

August 6, 2014 Congress should scrap an outdated and unnecessary health care program that is costing the Defense Department billions in contracts, according to a new report from the government’s watchdog. A decades-old program within the military health system known as the U.S. Family Health Plan (USFHP) has outlived its usefulness, the Government ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Inches Back Up

August 5, 2014 The retirement claims backlog inched back up in July, after the Office of Personnel Management reduced the number of outstanding applications to its lowest point in years in June. OPM received 9,101 new retirement applications in July, over 1,000 more than expected. The backlog is now at 13,620 claims -- ...

Court Says Black Secret Service Agents Can Sue Government as a Group

August 4, 2014 Several African-American Secret Service agents who claim the agency denied them promotions because of their race can sue the government as a group, according to the latest court ruling in a 14-year-old lawsuit. Three judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Aug. 1 upheld ...

Senate Panel's 1 Percent Troop, Civilian Pay Raise Now Faces House Hurdles

July 28, 2014 A Senate panel has approved legislation that provides a smaller pay raise for military service members than the one the House agreed to. The Appropriations Committee reported out the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, which includes a 1 percent pay boost for troops and Defense Department civilians next year – ...