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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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Virginia Senator: Don’t Target Feds in Deficit Reduction Deal

November 25, 2013 A Virginia senator is urging the joint budget conference committee to avoid targeting the compensation of federal employees as part of a deficit reduction deal. Democrat Tim Kaine, who also is a member of the budget panel, said federal workers already have contributed to fiscal belt-tightening through a three-year civilian ...

TSP Officials Worry Feds Who Made Hardship Withdrawals During Shutdown Won’t Return

November 25, 2013 The agency overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan will encourage participants who took hardship withdrawals from their accounts during the government shutdown to start contributing again next spring. Officials from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board on Monday said they would look into contacting more than 14,000 federal employees who turned ...

Bill Would Give Blue Collar Feds an Across-the-Board Pay Raise, Too

November 22, 2013 Hourly federal employees would receive the same across-the-board pay raise as their salaried colleagues in January under legislation unveiled on Thursday. A bipartisan bill introduced in the House would ensure the 1 percent pay increase General Schedule federal employees are on track to receive next year applies to Wage Grade ...

White House Presses for TRICARE Fee Increases

November 21, 2013 The White House this week urged the Senate to support its effort to increase the amount military retirees pay for their health insurance. The current version of the fiscal 2014 Senate Defense authorization bill does not include President Obama’s proposals to impose higher fees and create new enrollment fees for ...

Budget Office: Next Debt Ceiling D-Day Could Come in March

November 21, 2013 The government will exhaust its emergency borrowing authority sometime between March and June 2014, if Congress does not suspend or increase the nation’s debt limit again, according to a new report. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that Treasury’s wiggle room to avoid breaching the debt ceiling could run out ...

Don’t Worry About Obamacare – Feds’ Health Benefits Are Safe

November 21, 2013 People tend to define financial security by the numbers in their paychecks: Namely, salary, bonuses, and deductions for health care and retirement benefits. Federal employees, many of whom probably scoffed at the mention of bonuses, face uncertainty over pay and pensions right now. It’s looking like they might get their ...

Special Counsel Skeptical DHS Will Confront Overtime Abuses

November 19, 2013 Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner on Tuesday expressed skepticism over Homeland Security’s efforts to address improper use of overtime among employees, a practice that has cost the department millions of dollars over the years. “I took some measure of comfort that they admitted they had a problem, and at least on ...

Obama Administration Wants More Volunteers to Consider Federal Employment

November 18, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management will host a symposium in December to educate agency officials about national service programs, as part of the Obama administration’s effort to recruit more candidates with backgrounds in areas like disaster relief and teaching to work for the federal government. OPM issued guidance on Friday ...

VA Offers New Dental Insurance Program

November 15, 2013 Eligible veterans and their family members will be able to purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost starting on Friday. The Veterans Affairs Department, through a partnership with Delta Dental and MetLife, is offering those enrolled in the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) the option to buy dental insurance ...

A Model of Health

November 15, 2013 Of the Republican proposals to eliminate, modify and otherwise undermine the health care reform law known as Obamacare, two would affect federal employees. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., wants to move government workers out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges created by the 2010 Affordable ...