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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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House passes federal workers’ comp bill

November 29, 2011 This story was updated with vote results. The House on Tuesday passed legislation that aims to provide greater support for some feds injured on the job and to make the workers' compensation program more accountable. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 2465) would streamline the claims process for those workers who sustain...

Some TRICARE enrollees will save money in 2012

November 23, 2011 The health care premiums for young adult dependents of service members and retirees enrolled in TRICARE will decrease slightly in 2012. Monthly premiums for TRICARE dependents younger than 26 will be $10 to $12 less next year than they are now, according to a Defense Department notice published in Wednesday's...

Shelter from the Storm

November 23, 2011 A federal government shutdown typically is considered an extraordinary event. The remarkable thing about 2011 was that the government didn't shut down. At least it hadn't as of mid-November. The tally in fiscal 2011 was grim: eight continuing resolutions, at least three near-shutdowns (depending on how one counts), one partial...

How Deep Could the Budget Cuts Be?

November 22, 2011 The Third Way, a moderate think tank, warned about the effects of sequestration in a Nov. 3 report, arguing that it would result in fewer law enforcement officers, food inspectors, tax agents, air traffic controllers, and reduced investment in cargo-screening technology, among other consequences. Click on the image below to...

OPM issues guidance on workforce restructuring

November 22, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management has provided guidance to agencies' human resources chiefs on available tools to restructure the federal workforce. A memo from OPM Director John Berry includes information for chief human capital officers on buyouts, early retirement packages, layoffs and reassignments. "The federal government is experiencing restructuring and...

Super committee failure helps feds in short term

November 21, 2011 Federal pay and benefits are being spared in the short term as a result of the super committee's failure to produce a deficit reduction plan. The 12 lawmakers on the joint select congressional panel failed to broker a deal to cut federal spending. "After months of hard work and intense...

USPS, unions still negotiating over pay and benefits

November 21, 2011 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Monday that he is optimistic the U.S. Postal Service and two of its unions will reach an agreement on new contracts. Contracts with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union expired at midnight Nov. 20, but labor and management...

Financially ailing Postal Service gets a reprieve

November 18, 2011 The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service got some good news Friday. The agency, which lost $5.1 billion in fiscal 2011, received another deferral from Congress on a $5.5 billion payment to prefund retirees' health benefits. President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill funding several departments and some smaller agencies...

Super Committee Countdown

November 17, 2011 The super committee's deficit reduction plan -- assuming there is one -- should be public by this time next week. It's anyone's guess what the 12-member panel will recommend, but it's a safe bet there will be something in the proposal that affects the federal workforce. The question is, which...

Council moves forward on performance management plan

November 16, 2011 The federal labor-management council on Wednesday accepted recommendations to improve the government's performance management system, approving for agencies a roadmap that emphasizes better training for supervisors and more communication between employees and their bosses. A key component of the plan, which has been discussed at previous meetings of the National...