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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Don’t Give Up on a Pay Raise

August 9, 2012 Congress so far has been mum on whether to grant federal employees a pay raise in 2013. That silence, however, doesn’t necessarily mean government workers aren’t going to get one. The 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act allows the president through an executive order to set a pay raise for...

HR pros offer bleak assessment of federal managers

August 8, 2012 One-third of federal human resources professionals don’t think agency managers have the skills to succeed, according to a new report. The bleak assessment of agency line and operations managers shows a growing unease among HR professionals in the current political and fiscal environment, ranging from concern over potential workforce reductions...

Lawmakers consider TRICARE request

August 7, 2012 Lawmakers are still considering the Pentagon’s request to move funds from its health care program to cover costs associated with overseas military operations, according to a spokeswoman for Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. The department has asked Congress to reprogram $708 million of fiscal 2012 TRICARE funds to help pay for...

Retirement backlog continues to fall

August 6, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims than it expected to in July, according to the latest numbers from the agency. The claims backlog now stands at 44,679 -- a 27 percent drop overall since the beginning of 2012. The agency received 260 more applications in July than...

Bill curbs bonuses at VA

August 3, 2012 Legislation that would limit the amount of bonuses the Veterans Affairs Department can pay its top employees would save $13 million during the next four years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. CBO scored H.R. 4057, which limits to $1 million per year from 2013 to 2017 the total amount...

Federal travelers could have fewer lodging options

August 3, 2012 Per diem rates for federal travelers could take a dive in fiscal 2013. The General Services Administration reportedly is considering changes to the methodology it uses to calculate lodging rates for government travelers. The review is part of a governmentwide effort to comply with a May memorandum from the Office...

House passes bill that would ax federal tax cheats

August 1, 2012 Federal employees who fail to pay their taxes can be fired under a bill the House passed Tuesday. The legislation, which passed in a bipartisan 263-114 vote, would apply to executive and legislative branch employees as well as Postal Service workers who are delinquent on their taxes and have not...

TSP head expresses regret over cyberattack

July 31, 2012 The head of the Thrift Savings Plan expressed regret on Tuesday over not having a policy in place earlier to notify participants of security breaches to their retirement accounts. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board implemented a breach notification plan in June, Gregory Long, the board’s executive director, said during...

Military moves one step closer to a pay raise

July 31, 2012 A Senate subcommittee approved a 1.7 percent pay raise for military service members on Tuesday. The $604.5 billion Defense spending bill the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee reported out also adds $392 million above President Obama’s budget request to cover shortfalls in military personnel accounts that the services identified after the...

Lawmakers question Pentagon’s request to move TRICARE funds

July 27, 2012 House lawmakers want to know why the Pentagon is asking Congress to transfer millions of dollars from its health care accounts to fund other unspecified priorities. A bipartisan group of representatives on Tuesday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta questioning a request to reprogram $708 million from the...

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