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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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INS launches new system for tracking foreign students

July 3, 2002 Eligible schools will soon be able to use the Immigration and Naturalization Service's new automated system for tracking foreign students living in the United States, under a rule published in the Federal Register this week. The rule allows certain accredited private and public schools that enroll foreign students to begin ...

FAA contractors approved flight licenses for Sept. 11 suspect

June 13, 2002 The man suspected of flying a plane into the Pentagon on Sept. 11 obtained three federal flight licenses from private contractors working for the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday. Hani Saleh Hanjour, whom authorities believe flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, passed ...

Pentagon manager wins top prize from Good Housekeeping

June 12, 2002 Good Housekeeping A Defense Department manager who helped the relatives of victims in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon won the top prize in Good Housekeeping's fifth annual Award for Women in Government. Meg Falk, director of the Office of Family Policy at the Defense Department, received $25,000 ...

Creating Cabinet agency no panacea for agencies' woes, critics say

June 6, 2002 Reorganizing several government agencies into a Department of Homeland Security will not solve the communications and personnel problems that plague agencies involved in homeland defense, labor union officials and other observers said Thursday. The Bush administration's proposal to create a Department of Homeland Security is "basically just reshuffling the boxes, ...

TSP’s May numbers not quite in full bloom

June 5, 2002 The Thrift Savings Plan's C and S funds lost some of their value in May, while the G, F and I funds continued to grow. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, faltered slightly in May, falling by 0.75 percent after a 6.06 percent drop in April. The fund ...

Coast Guard chief shifts to Transportation Security Administration

May 30, 2002 Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Thursday named Adm. James Loy, the outgoing commandant of the Coast Guard, to serve as second in command at the Transportation Security Administration. Loy, who retired Thursday as head of the Coast Guard after 38 years in the organization, will step into a newly created post ...

OMB accused of withholding computer security info from Congress

May 29, 2002 The Office of Management and Budget does not plan to provide detailed information to Congress on agencies' current plans to improve computer security, which could delay budget deliberations on security efforts for another year, according to the General Accounting Office. The 2000 Government Information Security Reform Act (GISRA) directed agencies ...

Federal employees to get lie detector tests in anthrax investigation

May 21, 2002 The government plans to give lie detector tests to hundreds of current and former employees of federal laboratories across the country in an effort to find the culprit behind last fall's anthrax attacks. The FBI will start administering the polygraph tests in June to as many as 200 employees working ...

New INS tracking system for foreign students will likely be delayed

May 20, 2002 The Immigration and Naturalization Service's new automated system for tracking foreign students living in the United States will probably not be ready by the end of January, as currently scheduled, according to a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general. The current tracking system is "untimely and significantly flawed," ...

Audit us, say independent agencies in survey

May 17, 2002 Extending the requirement that federal agencies prepare audited financial statements to small independent agencies is a good idea, according to a new survey of officials at such organizations. Twenty-one of 26 independent agencies surveyed by the General Accounting Office said they supported financial audits for most agencies, particularly those with ...