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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 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 ...

Former Lawmaker to Congress: Don’t Be So Self-Righteous

November 14, 2013 Elected officials need a good dose of humility if they expect to tackle policy challenges successfully and engage in a serious debate on the role of government, a former congressman said on Thursday. There is too much distrust, insularity and inexperience right now in Congress, said former Iowa Republican Jim ...

Government Could Save Billions By Reducing Federal Pay and Benefits

November 13, 2013 Some of the major proposals floated by lawmakers and the Obama administration to reduce the pay and retirement benefits of federal employees and service members would save the government at least $265 billion over the next decade, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. CBO detailed ...

Sinking Employee Morale Worries HR Chiefs

November 12, 2013 Concerns over federal employee morale dominated the annual public meeting of the government’s top human capital leaders on Tuesday. Job satisfaction among federal workers has dropped nearly across the board in 2013 -- a year marked by furloughs, a pay freeze and proposals to reduce federal employee compensation, according to ...

Lawmakers Want Overall Budget Numbers Before Thanksgiving

November 11, 2013 Top congressional appropriators are urging House and Senate budget conferees to agree by Dec. 2 on overall discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015. Setting the spending caps for the current fiscal year and fiscal 2015 should be the conference committee’s “first priority,” said Kentucky Republican Hal Rogers ...

Federal Government Sheds 12,000 Jobs in October

November 8, 2013 The federal government lost 12,000 jobs in October, continuing a downward trend in federal employment, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The government shutdown, however, did not have “any discernible” impact on overall employment, hours or earnings last month, the report said. “Federal employees on ...

Groups Fear Federal Pensions Are At Risk in Budget Talks

November 7, 2013 Lawmakers tasked with reaching a budget deal before mid-January are likely to consider increasing the amount federal workers contribute to their pensions, according to federal employee and retiree advocates. Similar proposals have come up during previous budget and deficit discussions over the last few years, and this time won’t be ...

Traveling Feds Have (a Little) More Money to Spend

November 7, 2013 The government shutdown last month overshadowed lots of other news affecting federal employees, including the new per diem rates for government travelers, which took effect on Oct. 1. Federal employees traveling on government business received a small boost for lodging in fiscal 2014. The standard lodging rate is now $83 ...