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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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Customs and INS pay can't be compared, report says

December 18, 2001 Officers at the Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) may perform similar duties, but their pay systems are very different and difficult to compare, according to a new study from the General Accounting Office. "Customs and INS have a wide variety of pay provisions directing how pay ...

Innovative government programs have staying power, report says

December 17, 2001 Despite government's aversion to change, several of its most innovative programs have shown remarkable staying power by taking root in other communities, according to a new study. Of the 150 Innovations in American Government award winners honored over the last 15 years, 136 programs have successfully replicated themselves in other ...

No layoffs in Food Safety and Inspection Service reorganization

December 14, 2001 The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will not lay off any employees when it reorganizes its district offices, according to agency officials. The agency responsible for inspecting meat and poultry will consolidate its 17 district offices into 15, but the realignment will not result in office closings, employee layoffs ...

IRS employee dies from World Trade Center attack injuries

December 13, 2001 A Boston IRS employee injured by falling debris during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center died Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. David Bernard, 57, died from the massive injuries he sustained after being struck by falling debris when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed ...

Bill aims to reduce the number of Senate confirmed positions

December 12, 2001 Agencies would have to submit plans to reduce their number of political positions requiring Senate confirmation under a bill aimed at streamlining the presidential appointments process. Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., introduced legislation Wednesday that would require agency heads to report to the President and Congress on ...

Customs, INS told to improve random inspection programs

December 11, 2001 Data on foreign travelers collected from random inspection programs operated by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Customs Service is questionable, according to a December letter to agency heads from the General Accounting Office. Inspectors from Customs and the INS did not always follow proper random inspection procedures or ...

Agencies prize accountability when using special hiring authority

December 10, 2001 Federal managers who use special hiring flexibilities to attract top executives to government posts have maintained a high level of accountability and fairness, according to a new report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government. Despite the potential for abusing special hiring authorities, managers at such agencies as ...

Pentagon auditors fail peer review

December 7, 2001 The Pentagon inspector general's office failed to follow proper procedures for conducting audits last year, according to a new report from federal investigators. Defense auditors left out evidence to support their conclusions and occasionally altered investigative paperwork after reports were completed, according to a review conducted by the Health and ...

Nonprofit group wants feds to talk to students about public service

December 6, 2001 Wanted: Enthusiastic federal employees to share their government experience with students interested in public service. The Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the government's recruitment and retention record, is creating a national speakers bureau comprised of mostly career employees to discuss their experience in the federal ...

Homeland security efforts help drug war, but hurt other missions

December 5, 2001 Heightened security at the nation's borders following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is helping federal law enforcement agencies crack down on drug trafficking, but is taking resources away from other core missions, witnesses at a House hearing said Wednesday. "We have seen mounting evidence to the effect that heightened counterterrorist ...