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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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Bill Would Protect Federal Retirees From Fraud

June 15, 2015 A bipartisan Senate bill aims to better protect federal retirees from nefarious financial representatives seeking to steal their benefits. The 2015 Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act, which Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to introduced Monday afternoon, would give U.S. attorneys the statutory authority to prosecute retiree representatives...

Employee Views on Pay and Morale Are In

June 15, 2015 Federal employees have finished submitting their annual feedback on compensation, morale and job satisfaction, and early results will be available in late August. Most government workers had until June 12 to complete the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The agency will announce the full results of the survey in the...

Pentagon Backs Major Changes to Retirement System

June 12, 2015 The Pentagon is supporting major changes to the military retirement system that would result in a less generous pension for career service members, but potentially greater overall retirement benefits. The Defense Department’s proposal advocates a blended retirement system composed of a defined benefit and greater participation in the Thrift Savings...

No More Charging Strippers to Uncle Sam's Plastic

June 12, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees who want to gamble or frequent strip clubs for an evening of fun will have to use their own credit cards to pay for it. An amendment included in the House-passed fiscal 2016 Defense spending bill prohibits Defense civilian workers and military personnel...

House Approves 2.3 Percent Pay Raise in 2016 For Troops

June 11, 2015 The House on Thursday passed a major spending bill that includes a 2.3 percent pay raise for troops in 2016. The House fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations legislation embraces the automatic cost-of-living adjustment of 2.3 percent for military personnel next year, setting the stage for a debate over the pay raise...

Pentagon Backs Major Changes to Retirement System

June 11, 2015 The Pentagon is supporting major changes to the military retirement system that would result in a less generous pension for career service members, but potentially greater overall retirement benefits. The Defense Department’s proposal advocates a blended retirement system composed of a defined benefit and greater participation in the Thrift Savings...

1.3 Percent Pay Raise On the Horizon For Feds Next Year

June 10, 2015 It’s looking increasingly likely that federal civilian employees will receive a 1.3 percent pay raise in 2016, since lawmakers so far have done nothing to block President Obama’s recommendation. Although there is plenty of time for things to change, the current House version of the fiscal 2016 Financial Services and...

Retirement Claims Backlog Falls, But Processing Rate Slows

June 9, 2015 The retirement claims backlog continues to fall, but the rate at which the Office of Personnel Management is processing applications slowed in May, according to the latest numbers. By the end of May, OPM had whittled the backlog to 15,374 unprocessed federal retirement claims, down from 18,226 claims in April....

Senators Push Back On Plan to Privatize Some Military Commissaries

June 8, 2015 The Senate this week will consider a measure that would prevent the Pentagon from privatizing military commissaries at five installations next year. The amendment to the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization act would require the Defense Department to study the costs and benefits of contracting out commissary operations and report the...

Security Breach Did Not Affect TSP Accounts

June 5, 2015 The Thrift Savings Plan accounts of federal employees were not affected in the latest major cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management, according to a spokeswoman for the agency that manages the retirement investments. TSP data, including account numbers, is not shared with OPM, “so they wouldn’t have that information...