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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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Congress Passes Three-Day Spending Bill To Keep Government Open

January 15, 2014 Congress has approved a three-day continuing resolution to keep the government open past Wednesday so it can complete work on the fiscal 2014 spending package. The Senate passed the measure Wednesday afternoon, after the House approved it on Tuesday. The short-term spending bill now heads to President Obama who said ...

Fewer Retirement Applications Submitted, Processed in December

January 6, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management processed 5,051 fewer retirement claims in December than projected, even though the agency ended 2013 with a smaller backlog than it anticipated. The long-standing retirement applications backlog was at 12,637 claims as of December 31 -- 305 fewer claims than it expected to have by ...

Federal Workers Should Benefit from Flexible Spending Account Changes, Lawmakers Say

December 19, 2013 Senate Democrats are urging the Office of Personnel Management to allow federal employees to carry over $500 of their unused flexible spending account funds into 2014. The Internal Revenue Service on Oct. 31 issued a change to the “use or lose” policy for health FSAs, giving employers the option to ...

Senate Passes Budget Bill Cutting Pension Benefits for New Feds and Military Retirees

December 18, 2013 The Senate on Wednesday approved 64-36 a two-year budget agreement that requires new federal workers and working-age military retirees to contribute $12 billion in a bipartisan deal to partially repeal some of the spending cuts under the sequester. The $85 billion savings package approved by the House last week would ...

Senate Passes Budget Bill Cutting Pension Benefits for New Feds

December 18, 2013 The Senate on Wednesday approved 64-36 a two-year budget agreement that requires new federal workers and working-age military retirees to contribute $12 billion in a bipartisan deal to partially repeal some of the spending cuts under the sequester. The $85 billion savings package approved by the House last week would ...

Senate Moves Ahead With Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 17, 2013 The Senate on Tuesday morning voted 67-33 to debate a two-year budget agreement that requires new federal workers and military retirees to contribute $12 billion in a bipartisan deal to partially repeal some spending cuts under the sequester. The $85 billion savings package approved by the House last week would ...

New Rule Eases Claim Requirements for Vets with Traumatic Brain Injury

December 16, 2013 The Veterans Affairs Department is trying to make it easier for veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and certain other ailments connected to TBI to obtain more disability pay, according to a new regulation. The change, which takes effect Jan. 17, 2014, eliminates the need for veterans suffering from TBI ...

House Passes Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 13, 2013 The House on Thursday evening passed a two-year budget agreement that requires new federal workers and military retirees to contribute $12 billion in a bipartisan deal to partially repeal some spending cuts under the sequester. The $85 billion savings package announced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, ...

House Passes NDAA, Approves 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

December 13, 2013 The House on Thursday approved legislation that ensures troops will receive a 1 percent pay raise in 2014 and authorizes a range of other military compensation. The fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act does not contain specific language increasing basic pay for military members next year, which means President Obama’s ...

House Approves 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

December 12, 2013 The House on Thursday approved legislation that ensures troops will receive a 1 percent pay raise in 2014 and authorizes a range of other military compensation. The fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act does not contain specific language increasing basic pay for military members next year, which means President Obama’s ...