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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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Government Will Publish 2014 COLAs on Oct. 30

October 18, 2013 Federal retirees will know their 2014 cost-of-living adjustment later this month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will publish September’s Consumer Price Index figure on Oct. 30. That number is the final data point needed to calculate the 2014 COLA for federal and military retirees, as well as ...

Uncle Sam: Feds Will Get Back Pay in Next Paycheck

October 17, 2013 Many federal employees will receive the pay they missed during the government shutdown in their next paycheck, an Agriculture Department spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday. Agriculture runs the New Orleans-based National Finance Center, which processes payroll for 650,000 federal workers. The next payday for most federal workers is Oct. 25, for ...

Senate Shutdown Deal Includes Back-Pay Measure For Furloughed Feds

October 16, 2013 Congress will shortly consider legislation that will pay federal employees furloughed during the shutdown for the time they were out of work. The latest legislative package to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling temporarily also authorizes retroactive pay for federal workers who have been on unpaid leave since ...

Debt Deal Grants Back Pay for Furloughed Feds

October 16, 2013 This story has been updated. Congress on Wednesday night passed legislation to reopen government that includes a provision to pay federal employees furloughed during the shutdown for the time they were out of work. The legislative package to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling temporarily also authorizes retroactive ...

2014 COLA Announcement Delayed

October 15, 2013 Federal retirees are waiting to find out what their cost-of-living adjustment will be next year. The government shutdown has delayed the announcement of the 2014 COLA figure, which the government typically publishes in mid-October. The annual COLAs are based on the percentage increase (if any) in the average Consumer Price ...

Oct. 11 Paycheck Could be the Last Until Government Reopens

October 10, 2013 Most federal employees will receive a paycheck on Friday that’s only 60 percent of the usual amount, thanks to the government shutdown. This could be the last check they receive until agencies reopen. Friday, Oct. 11, is the next pay day for federal workers for the preceding two-week pay period. ...

Fed Groups Blast Proposed Switch to Less Generous COLA Formula

October 9, 2013 Advocates for federal and military retirees are worried Congress and the White House will agree to reduce retirement benefits as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The proposed change, under consideration in several deficit reduction talks during the past year, involves switching to a less generous formula ...

Senate Still Hasn't Voted on Bill That Gives Back Pay to Furloughed Workers

October 8, 2013 The Senate hasn’t taken any action yet on legislation that would give back pay to federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown. While the bill enjoys broad support in the upper chamber, several Republicans reportedly oppose the legislation’s swift passage through procedural shortcuts, such as a voice vote or unanimous ...

Back Pay Bill in Senate Limbo

October 8, 2013 This story has been updated. The Senate hasn’t taken any action yet on legislation that would give back pay to federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown. While the bill enjoys broad support in the upper chamber, several Republicans reportedly oppose the legislation’s swift passage through procedural shortcuts, such as ...

Retirement Backlog Falls 22 Percent in September

October 7, 2013 This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the retirement claims backlog last month, which fell 22 percent between August and September, according to the agency’s latest figures. The backlog now stands at 17,719 claims -- 4,523 fewer claims than the agency expected ...