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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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Groups urge Obama not to target federal pay and benefits

September 16, 2011 President Obama is set to unveil his deficit reduction plan Monday, and federal employee groups are urging him not to target government workers' pay and benefits in his proposal. The Federal-Postal Coalition, made up of several federal employee unions and groups, sent letters to Obama and Office of Management and...

Federal employees lauded at Washington gala

September 15, 2011 Nine federal employees from across the country will be honored Thursday night at a black-tie event in Washington for their extraordinary contributions to public service. The winners of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service's 10th annual Service to America medals hail from seven different agencies and will be honored for...

Senate passes FAA spending extension

September 15, 2011 This story has been updated from the original version. The Senate on Thursday evening passed legislation that extends funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, narrowly averting a second partial agency shutdown. The measure was approved 92-6. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who was blocking the legislation, reached an agreement with lawmakers...

FAA back pay bill is still alive

September 14, 2011 Lawmakers will continue to push for back pay for thousands of furloughed Federal Aviation Administration employees in stand-alone legislation, the bill's sponsor said on Tuesday. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., said he will continue to shepherd the bipartisan legislation he introduced in August that would authorize back pay for the 4,000...

Bill would ensure military, law enforcement officer pay

September 13, 2011 A House lawmaker has introduced legislation to ensure military personnel and federal law enforcement officers continue to receive pay and certain benefits in the event of another budget crisis. Pay and allowances for those federal employees would be a priority if there is another debt ceiling crisis or other funding...

Bill strips back pay for furloughed FAA workers

September 12, 2011 Federal Aviation Administration employees who were furloughed for two weeks this summer would not receive back pay under draft legislation circulating on Capitol Hill. The most recent version of legislation extending the FAA's spending authority past Sept. 16 does not include a provision authorizing retroactive pay for thousands of employees...

Employees punished for political activity

September 6, 2011 Two federal employees have been punished for violating the law that restricts government workers from participating in certain political activity, according to the Office of Special Counsel. A National Institutes of Health employee lost her job because she used her government email account to solicit political contributions while on duty,...

Groups urge super committee to protect federal pay and benefits

August 29, 2011 Federal employee groups are urging the congressional super committee to reject additional cuts to government workers' pay and benefits as part of its final deficit reduction plan. "Similar to their private sector counterparts, federal workers are confronting rising health care costs and general living expenses, and many are responsible for...

TSA seeks authority to offer early outs to employees

August 24, 2011 This story was updated on Aug. 25. The Transportation Security Administration wants to offer early retirement packages to eligible employees this fall, according to a Homeland Security Department spokesman. Homeland Security's chief human capital officer has requested authority from the Office of Personnel Management to offer the early outs to...

Earthquake aftermath draws mixed reaction from feds

August 24, 2011 This story has been updated with OPM's announcement that the government will be open as usual on Thursday. Federal employees had a range of opinions on whether Washington-area agencies should have evacuated Tuesday after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia about 84 miles from the nation's capital, according to dozens...