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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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...

Final contract between union and TSA expected next week

July 25, 2012 A final labor agreement between the Transportation Security Administration and the union representing airport screeners could come next Wednesday, according to an official involved in the negotiations. TSA and the American Federation of Government Employees have been huddled in intense negotiations during the past week and will meet July 31...

EEOC unveils changes to discrimination complaint process

July 24, 2012 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday unveiled final rules designed to improve agencies’ compliance with the federal discrimination complaint process and also provide them with greater flexibility. The new rules aim to expedite how claims are filed, processed and decided, although it’s unclear whether the changes have real teeth....

Civilians in Iraq eligible for premium pay cap waiver through 2012

July 23, 2012 Civilian federal employees working in Iraq are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of 2012, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. The July memorandum, released because of a May executive order from President Obama continuing the national emergency in Iraq through May 22,...

Union, TSA near final labor contract

July 23, 2012 A federal employee union is close to a final labor agreement with the Transportation Security Administration that will affect 45,000 transportation security officers nationwide. Calling the negotiations “marathon,” John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the union has a partial collective bargaining agreement with TSA, but...

Government extends some benefits to feds’ same-sex partners

July 20, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management published final regulations Friday expanding several benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. Same-sex domestic partners of feds now are automatically considered an “insurable interest” for survivor annuities. Federal employees in good health can opt to provide an insurable interest annuity, which is different...

Uncle Sam still can’t write very well, study shows

July 19, 2012 Uncle Sam’s writing is still a work in progress, according to a nonprofit watchdog group that advocates for a jargon-free government. The Center for Plain Language on Thursday issued report cards for the first time grading several agencies’ efforts to comply with a 2010 law to make government documents, reports...

TRICARE Fertility Care

July 19, 2012 The rising cost of providing health care to active-duty and retired military personnel continues to be a third-rail political issue. During the past 12 years, the cost of military health care to the government has more than doubled, but Congress does not have the appetite for raising TRICARE fees. At...

Part-time firefighters now eligible for health care

July 17, 2012 Part-time firefighters now have access to health care under an interim final rule that took effect Tuesday. The policy change means more than 8,000 temporary seasonal firefighters and their families can access health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The new rule also applies to fire protection personnel....

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