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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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Military retirees see TRICARE fee hike

October 2, 2012 Many military retirees will pay 17 percent more in annual TRICARE enrollment fees in fiscal 2013. The new rates, which took effect Oct. 1, increase the amount military retirees pay in health care fees by 3.6 percent or 17 percent, depending on when they enrolled in TRICARE Prime. Those who...

Obama makes pay freeze extension official

October 1, 2012 President Obama has signed a six-month government spending measure that includes an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress. As expected, lawmakers passed a $1.047 trillion continuing resolution in September that funds the government through March 27, 2013. The stopgap spending measure ensures feds, already working under...

Labor of Love

October 1, 2012 Official Washington has a way of squeezing the life out of more colorful characters. Spend enough time here and everyone working in the fishbowl starts to talk, dress and sound alike. It’s the kind of risk-aversion that afflicts the professionally and politically ambitious. Mercifully, politics and government aren’t populated completely...

President signs STOCK Act delay for senior execs

September 28, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama on Friday signed into law legislation that further delays the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances. The House passed the bill earlier Friday, approving it by unanimous consent during a brief pro forma session. S. 3625, which the Senate passed last Saturday,...

OPM courts interns, recent grads

September 27, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management is ramping up its efforts this fall to attract interns and recent graduates to government service. The agency has posted draft guidelines for hiring interns into the Pathways Programs and will accept applications for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program from Nov. 5 to Nov....

Sequestration Can’t Touch Certain Pay and Benefits

September 27, 2012 Way back in August 2011, a Maryland senator explained to a roomful of his constituents the benefits of an obscure budget procedure known as sequestration. Democrat Ben Cardin held a town hall meeting with Census Bureau employees last summer in Suitland, Md., fielding questions from nervous feds on the issues...

Poll: Are you ready for sequestration?

September 25, 2012 There’s been plenty of public hand-wringing in Washington lately about the disastrous effects of sequestration. In fact, sequestration has gotten so much play that we can use the word in headlines now. The automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that will hit every federal agency (except the Veterans Affairs Department) will take...

Senate delays STOCK Act for senior execs

September 25, 2012 The Senate passed a bill before leaving town that further delays the online posting of senior executives’ personal finances. S. 3625, sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., delays until Dec. 8 the posting requirement for thousands of high-ranking career employees subject to the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. Congress...

Congress approves extended pay freeze

September 22, 2012 The Senate on Saturday approved a six-month spending measure that includes an extended pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress and avoids a government shutdown. The joint resolution now heads to President Obama for his signature, more than a week before the current fiscal year ends. As expected,...

Health premiums for feds will increase 3.4 percent in 2013

September 20, 2012 This story has been updated. Premiums for nonpostal enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase an average of 3.4 percent in 2013, the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday. The average health care premium increase for U.S. Postal Service employees for 2013 will be 3.8 percent. Of...

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