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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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Retirement checks unaffected by Sandy

October 30, 2012 The severe weather along the East Coast has not mucked up federal retirement claims processing, according to Office of Personnel Management officials. “We do not expect any interruption in retirement claims process and the call center remains open,” said an OPM spokeswoman. The agency’s claims processing facility is in Boyers,...

Washington-area federal agencies remain closed Tuesday

October 29, 2012 This story has been updated to note that Washington Metrorail and Metrobus will remain closed Tuesday morning. Washington-area federal agencies will remain closed Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy continues to unleash its wrath up and down the East Coast. The Office of Personnel Management announced that the federal government will close...

Feds won’t miss a paycheck because of Sandy

October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy is not disrupting federal payroll operations, according to the director of the National Finance Center, which is responsible for paying much of the federal workforce. The New Orleans, Louisiana-based center just finished processing pay for the last two weeks, said John White, NFC director, and federal employees should...

Social Security Administration: Call or go online for services

October 29, 2012 The Social Security Administration has posted some information related to payments and office closings on the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy. The agency advises recipients who do not receive their scheduled Social Security payments as a result of the storm to go to any open SSA office and request an...

FEHBP enrollees generally pleased with health coverage

October 25, 2012 Government employees and retirees generally are satisfied with the health care coverage they receive through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to feedback from Government Executive readers. More than 90 percent of respondents to an October Government Executive poll characterized their FEHBP coverage as “good” or “satisfactory.” The question...

How Often Do You Use the Conference Lodging Allowance?

October 25, 2012 Belt-tightening across government means that most federal spending is under scrutiny these days, and spending on government travel is no exception. The scandal involving the lavish 2010 Las Vegas conference thrown by the General Services Administration prodded federal watchdogs to peer into other agencies’ travel spending. At the same time,...

Former CBO head: No budget, no payday

October 23, 2012 It’s no secret the government’s inability to pass an annual budget is a major headache for agencies. But federal employees shouldn’t be the only ones who suffer. One former top official thinks Congress and the White House shouldn’t be paid if the two can’t put politics aside and craft a...

Broadcasting Board of Governors offers buyouts, early outs

October 19, 2012 The Broadcasting Board of Governors is offering buyouts and early retirement packages to employees across the agency, according to an internal email obtained by Government Executive. Those eligible for buyouts include employees at Voice of America, the International Broadcasting Bureau and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. BBG is offering 287...

Military personnel have until Sunday to apply for special pay

October 18, 2012 Military personnel whose service was extended involuntarily after the 2001 terrorist attacks have until Oct. 21 to file a claim for special pay. The 2009 supplemental war appropriations law authorized retroactive stop-loss special pay of up to $500 for every full or partial month that military members served on stop-loss...

Army encourages early retirement for some soldiers

October 18, 2012 The Army will offer early retirement to eligible soldiers to help reduce its active-duty force by 80,000 service members over the next four years. The department earlier this week announced that certain soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of service are eligible for the early out,...