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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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Thousands sign petition urging full probe of Air Force Academy scandal

July 10, 2003 More than 2,300 people, including military service members and veterans, have signed a petition demanding a thorough investigation of alleged sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy. The petition, drafted by anti-domestic and sexual violence groups across the country, will be formally delivered Friday to Tillie Fowler, chair of the ...

Homeland Security reassigns hundreds of agents to northern border

July 2, 2003 More than 375 Border Patrol agents will be reassigned to the country's northern border as part of the Homeland Security Department's ongoing effort to increase security on the 4,000-mile boundary between the United States and Canada. The voluntary reassignments, which include veteran agents who have worked on the U.S.-Mexico border, ...

Agencies granted faster hiring authority for cybersecurity, medical employees

June 24, 2003 Agencies can hire cybersecurity specialists and medical personnel without going through standard government job competitions, the Office of Personnel Management announced on Friday. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James on Friday granted direct hire authority for those occupations because agency officials have said they have trouble getting good ...

Senator faults leadership in Air Force sex scandal

June 23, 2003 An Air Force report investigating dozens of allegations of sexual assault at the service's academy has not adequately addressed the issue of accountability, a senator told an independent panel on Monday. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., urged the independent civilian panel investigating the allegations at the Colorado Springs institution to "consider ...

Anti-discrimination campaigner wins public service award

June 18, 2003 Two federal employees, including a senior manager responsible for passage of an anti-discrimination law, won top awards for public service Wednesday at an event sponsored by a leading women's magazine. Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, a senior policy analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency who shepherded the 2001 Notification and Federal Employee ...

Acting Air Force Academy chief pledges culture of 'trust and confidence'

June 12, 2003 The acting superintendent of the Air Force Academy hopes to create a culture of "trust and confidence" among cadets as part of an overall reform effort developed in response to allegations of sexual assault at the school. An improved mentoring program for cadets is part of the institution's "agenda for ...

Justice inspector general raps FBI, INS over post-Sept. 11 detentions

June 2, 2003 A new report from the Justice Department's inspector general blames poor information sharing among agencies and an inefficient process for the mistreatment of some foreigners detained after the Sept. 11 attacks. The government detained 762 foreigners between September 2001 and August 2002 in connection with its investigation of terrorism. The ...

Defense Department names panel to review Air Force sex assault cases

May 27, 2003 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday appointed a seven-member, independent panel of civilians to review allegations of sexual assault at the Air Force Academy. Tillie Fowler, a partner at the law firm Holland & Knight and a former Florida congresswoman, will chair the panel. In addition to Fowler, who served ...

New homeland office will oversee visa compliance

May 19, 2003 The Homeland Security Department has created a new office that will monitor compliance with the visa process and refer violations to border enforcement agents for investigation. Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security at the Homeland Security Department, announced the creation of the office Monday during remarks in Washington ...

TSP funds accentuate the positive in April

May 5, 2003 The Thrift Savings Plan's C, S, and I funds increased in April, marking the first time this year that all three funds have posted positive returns in the same month, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, grew a healthy 8.26 ...