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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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Threat level reduced, but agencies stay on alert

February 27, 2003 The Justice Department Thursday lowered the threat level of possible terrorist attacks against the United States from "high" to "elevated," but "significant" security measures will remain in place at federal agencies, Attorney General John Ashcroft said. Ashcroft raised the threat level Feb. 7 on the nation's color-coded terrorism alert system ...

Success of Homeland Security ad campaign won’t be easy to measure

February 27, 2003 The government's new media campaign urging Americans to prepare for possible terrorist attacks is well-funded and has already received considerable public attention. But gauging the effectiveness of such an ad campaign is often a complex and difficult task, as other federal efforts to modify social behavior-including the anti-drug campaign-have illustrated. ...

Agencies step up security efforts as threat level rises to ‘high’

February 7, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Friday that federal agencies will take "specific protective measures" to comply with an elevated terrorist threat level. For the first time in nearly five months, Attorney General John Ashcroft Friday raised the threat level of possible terrorist attacks against the United States from ...

January TSP numbers in doldrums

February 6, 2003 The Thrift Savings Plan's C, S and I funds got off to an inauspicious start in 2003, posting negative returns last month, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, dipped 2.67 percent in January, after falling 5.85 percent in December. The ...

Bush increases NASA funding in 2004

February 3, 2003 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration would get a 3.1 percent increase in funding next year, under President Bush's fiscal 2004 budget proposal released Monday. NASA's proposed budget for fiscal 2004 is $15.5 billion, up from $14.6 billion in fiscal 2003. The budget includes $3.9 billion for the shuttle program, ...

INS extends deadline for foreign student tracking system

January 30, 2003 The Immigration and Naturalization Service is giving schools two more weeks to begin using the agency's new automated system for tracking foreign students living in the United States. The INS extended the Jan. 30 deadline for compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) because some schools are ...

Homeland Security opens with a lean headquarters operation

January 24, 2003 Only about 100 employees of the Homeland Security Department will immediately relocate to the agency's temporary headquarters in Washington, Secretary Tom Ridge said Friday. "We cannot secure the homeland [from] inside the capital," said Ridge at a press conference after he was sworn in by President Bush. "Now, what we ...

TSP funds end 2002 on a negative note

January 6, 2003 The Thrift Savings Plan's C, S and I funds slipped in December, after posting positive returns in November and October, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, fell 5.85 percent in December, after gaining 5.87 percent in November. The fund, which ...

Reward offered in theft of medical records

January 2, 2003 A government contractor is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for stealing the records of military service members from the contractor's offices. Computer hard drives containing the medical records of more than 500,000 military members were stolen last month from TriWest Health Care ...

INS seeks to dispel ‘tremendous anxiety’ about reorganization

December 19, 2002 Although employees at the Immigration and Naturalization Service are nervous about moving into the Homeland Security Department, the immediate impact of the transition on most of the workforce will be minimal, a senior official at the agency said Thursday. "There is tremendous anxiety within the agency itself," said INS Deputy ...