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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 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 ...

What Is Your Agency Doing Right?

December 10, 2013 Job satisfaction among federal workers dropped nearly across the board in 2013 -- a year marked by furloughs, a continuation of the pay freeze and proposals to reduce federal employee compensation, according to this year’s Federal Employees Viewpoint Survey released last month. And then, the government shut down for 16 ...

Defense Combat Pay, Bonus Authority At Risk

December 10, 2013 The outlook for renewing combat pay and other special compensation for troops before the end of the year improved on Monday. The leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services committees have agreed to pass identical bills authorizing fiscal 2014 funds for the Defense Department, in an effort to expedite ...

Feds’ Tension Over Possible Pension Changes Escalates

December 9, 2013 Federal employees will find out this week -- as soon as Tuesday -- whether budget negotiators plan to push for changes to their pension benefits as part of a deal to offset some of the sequester spending cuts. The congressional budget conference committee led by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and ...

Uncle Sam Sheds More Jobs in November

December 6, 2013 The federal government lost 7,000 jobs in November, continuing a downward trend in federal employment, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal jobs, excluding the Postal Service, decreased by about 3,700 in November, while the Postal Service lost roughly 2,400 jobs last month. Uncle Sam ...

Ex-HR Chiefs: Some Federal Managers Just Can’t Manage

December 5, 2013 The government should rethink how it evaluates and rewards federal workers, in part to help improve the reputation of civil servants among lawmakers and the public, former executive branch officials said on Thursday. “There is still a lot of phoniness in the appraisal systems” agencies use to evaluate employees’ job ...

Obamacare Could Make FEHBP More Popular

December 5, 2013 The number of federal employees who are eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but not enrolled, is somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people, FEHBP experts agree. “I’m sure it’s a considerable number of people,” says David Ermer, a managing partner at Washington-based Ermer Law Group who represents the ...