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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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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 ...

House Passes Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 12, 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, ...

Lawmakers Propose Self Plus One Option for Federal Health Program

December 11, 2013 This story has been updated. The bipartisan budget proposal announced Tuesday would pave the way for a “self plus one” coverage option under the federal employee health insurance program. A provision in the $85 billion deal unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would allow the ...

New Feds, Military Retirees to Contribute More to Pensions With Budget Deal

December 11, 2013 New federal employees and military retirees would have to contribute more to their pensions under the bipartisan deal the congressional budget conference committee unveiled Tuesday evening. Federal workers hired on or after Jan. 1, 2014, with less than five years of service would have to pay 4.4 percent toward their ...

Budget Deal Asks New Feds to Contribute More to Pensions

December 10, 2013 New federal employees and military retirees would have to contribute more to their pensions under the bipartisan deal the congressional budget conference committee unveiled Tuesday evening. Federal workers hired on or after Jan. 1, 2014, with less than five years of service would have to pay 4.4 percent toward their ...