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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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Federal workers' comp program remains vulnerable to fraud

January 26, 2012 The federal workers’ compensation program remains vulnerable to fraud, mostly due to a limited access to data, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO studied a handful of federal agencies, including the Labor Department, and their oversight of the 1916 Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, which provides benefits to about 251,000...

411 on 401(k)

January 26, 2012 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board will unveil more information next week about a much-anticipated addition to the government's retirement program. The board will publish details about implementing the upcoming Roth 401(k) option to the Thrift Savings Plan, which allows employees to invest income that already has been taxed. The...

House Democrats: Don’t cut federal pay and benefits

January 25, 2012 More than a dozen House lawmakers are calling on their colleagues to avoid cutting federal pay and benefits to finance an extension of the payroll tax cut. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., along with 16 other House Democrats, sent a letter Wednesday to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., urging the payroll tax...

Conferees meet to discuss payroll tax cut extension

January 24, 2012 J. Scott Applewhite/AP Federal pay and benefits did not get much air time Tuesday during the first public meeting of House and Senate conferees tasked with financing the payroll tax holiday for the remainder of 2012. The nearly two-hour meeting consisted of pledges from lawmakers to work together to figure...

Printing office announces 2011 buyout figures

January 24, 2012 More than 200 employees at the Government Printing Office accepted buyouts and early retirement packages during the second half of 2011, the agency announced Tuesday. The buyout program targeted 15 percent of the agency's workforce, or 330 employees, although GPO missed that goal slightly. A total of 247 employees took...

Federal agencies in Washington will open late because of wintry weather

January 22, 2012 Federal agencies in Washington will open at 11 a.m. Monday because of adverse weather. The Office of Personnel Management is recommending that federal workers stay off the roads until 9:00 a.m. because of icy conditions in the Washington area, and employees who commute to the office will be granted an...

Federal agencies in Washington will open late because of wintry weather

January 22, 2012 Jacquelyn Martin/AP Federal agencies in Washington will open at 11 a.m. Monday because of adverse weather. The Office of Personnel Management is recommending that federal workers stay off the roads until 9:00 a.m. because of icy conditions in the Washington area, and employees who commute to the office will be...

Pension tensions continue to mount

January 20, 2012 Gerald Herbert/AP Retirement benefits for government workers continue to receive scrutiny early in 2012, as budget-cutting once again takes center stage and the presidential campaign gains momentum. House and Senate conferees return to Washington on Monday to pick up the payroll tax cut extension debate -- proposals on the table...

Federal pay and benefits remain at risk as Congress returns

January 19, 2012 Government employee advocates remain concerned over possible cuts to federal pay and benefits, as the debate over financing the yearlong payroll tax holiday resumes next week on Capitol Hill. House and Senate conferees are scheduled to begin discussions soon over how to finance a 12-month payroll tax cut extension past...

Public satisfaction with federal services increases

January 18, 2012 Americans today are happier with federal services than they were a year ago, but overall trust in government has declined, according to a new survey. The public's satisfaction with federal services increased 2.3 percent to a score of 66.9 in 2011, after a 5 percent decrease between 2009 and 2010,...

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