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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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Obama Cabinet Secretaries Shower Feds With Love

May 8, 2014 Not all of the attention on government during this year’s Public Service Recognition Week has been positive. The House voted on Wednesday to hold former Internal Revenue Service career official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, news of bad behavior at the Environmental Protection Agency was aired during a congressional ...

Phased Retirement Is in Regulation Limbo

May 7, 2014 It’s been almost two years since a law allowing phased retirement for federal employees has been on the books. But the program is still in limbo because the Obama administration has yet to issue final regulations on its implementation. The Office of Personnel Management issued a proposed rule in June ...

Bill Supports 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

May 7, 2014 The head of the House Armed Services Committee supports a 1.8 percent pay increase for troops next year, slightly more than President Obama’s recommended 1 percent bump. The 1.8 percent increase for service members is in line with the automatic fiscal 2015 cost-of-living adjustment scheduled for the military, but President ...

Bill Supports 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops, More Than Obama Proposal

May 6, 2014 The head of the House Armed Services Committee supports a 1.8 percent pay increase for troops next year, slightly more than President Obama’s recommended 1 percent bump. The 1.8 percent increase for service members is in line with the automatic fiscal 2015 cost-of-living adjustment scheduled for the military, but President ...

Senate Panel Looks at Feds’ Job Satisfaction During Public Service Week

May 5, 2014 A Senate panel on Tuesday will explore the impact budget cuts and furloughs have had on the federal workforce, as well as what some agencies are doing to keep employees happy. The hearing, scheduled during Public Service Recognition Week, also will examine the much-talked about annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey ...

33 Finalists Announced for Top Fed Award

May 5, 2014 Thirty-three federal employees have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Service to America Medals for contributions in a range of fields including veterans’ care, climate change research and fraud prevention. The finalists were selected from among nearly 400 nominations. “Their stories showcase the good that our public servants do ...

Uncle Sam Sheds More Jobs in April, But Rate of Loss Slows

May 2, 2014 The federal government overall lost 3,000 jobs in April, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal jobs, excluding the Postal Service, decreased by 4,000 last month, while the Postal Service actually gained 800 jobs in April. In March, the federal government lost about 9,000 jobs. ...

TSP Inches Forward in April

May 1, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund – invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index – fell 2.47 percent in April, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, which has gained 21.75 percent during the last ...

House Approves Sixth Consecutive Congressional Pay Freeze

May 1, 2014 The House voted Thursday to freeze its own pay for the sixth consecutive year. Lawmakers approved 402-14 a $3.3 billion fiscal 2015 spending bill (H.R. 4487) funding the legislative branch, which includes a provision to freeze congressional salaries at current levels. Rank-and-file members of Congress now receive an annual salary ...

House Members Poised to Freeze Their Pay Again, Prompting an Uncomfortable Discussion

April 30, 2014 The House is expected to vote Thursday to freeze its own pay for the sixth consecutive year. Lawmakers are poised to approve a $3.3 billion fiscal 2015 spending bill funding the legislative branch, which includes a provision to freeze congressional salaries at current levels. Rank-and-file members of Congress now receive ...