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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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Personnel Agency Welcomes First Hispanic Director

November 5, 2013 Employees at the Office of Personnel Management on Monday welcomed their new director, Katherine Archuleta. Archuleta was sworn in Monday morning, becoming the agency’s first Hispanic director. The Senate last week confirmed Archuleta in a 65-35 vote, overcoming Republican opposition to the nomination related to the treatment of congressional staff ...

OPM Chips Away at Retirement Backlog, Despite Shutdown

November 5, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management cut its retirement backlog by 20 percent between September and October, but was slightly shy of its goal for the number of claims processed last month, according to the agency’s latest figures. The agency completed 11,027 retirement applications in October, 473 claims fewer than it ...

Employees Sue Government Over Shutdown

November 4, 2013 Federal employees who worked during the government shutdown are suing Uncle Sam for damages because they weren’t paid on time. The collective action lawsuit filed by five Bureau of Prisons employees in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleges the government violated the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act when it ...

FEHBP As a Model of Health

October 31, 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 ...

Timeline: When to Expect a Possible Pay Raise, and Other Key Fiscal Deadlines

October 25, 2013 In just the past few weeks, the government shut down, reopened and skirted a default on its debts. We could all do without that kind of excitement for a while. A while, in this case, is less than three months, roughly the amount of time left until the current continuing ...

Obama Meets with Top Public Servants

October 24, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama met on Wednesday with a group of top career civil servants recently honored for their contributions to the health, safety and well-being of Americans through government. It was the first time a president has met with the winners and finalists of the annual ...

Bill Would Keep National Parks Open During Government Shutdowns

October 24, 2013 A Western Republican lawmaker wants to make sure national parks stay open during future government shutdowns. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah introduced legislation on Wednesday -- less than a week after the 16-day government shutdown ended -- that would allow states to fund the operations of national parks, monuments and ...

Back Pay Is On the Way

October 24, 2013 This story has been updated. The government shutdown is over and payroll is back up and running. By the end of this week, most of the federal workforce will have received retroactive pay for the 16-day shutdown. In fact, thousands of federal employees already have received back pay to make ...

Government Shutdown Furloughs Delay Sequestration Furlough Appeals

October 22, 2013 Thousands of appeals from federal employees furloughed because of sequestration sat in the pipeline during the 16-day government shutdown when the small federal agency working on them was forced to close shop. In other words, more furloughs delayed furlough-related work. The Merit Systems Protection Board, which has about 200 employees ...

Furloughed Feds Will Get Credit for Lost Leave

October 21, 2013 Furloughed employees will receive full credit for any annual and sick leave they accrued during the government shutdown, according to guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. All agencies must adjust the accounts of furloughed employees “for proper recredit of any lost accrual of annual and sick leave due to ...