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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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Oversight of law enforcement programs at Interior lagging, report says

May 8, 2002 The Interior Department must centralize oversight of its disparate law enforcement programs to correct years of mismanagement and neglect, according to a report from the department's inspector general. Law enforcement officers at the Interior Department's five bureaus often report to autonomous field managers who have little or no law enforcement ...

Watchdog group calls for better oversight of contractors

May 7, 2002 The government awarded billions of dollars in fiscal 1999 to contractors who have broken the law or engaged in unethical conduct, according to a new report by a government watchdog group. Since 1990, the government's 43 biggest contractors, including General Electric and Lockheed Martin, have paid about $3.4 billion in ...

Three federal programs win public service excellence awards

May 6, 2002 Three federal agencies took top honors at the 18th annual Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony held Monday on Capitol Hill. The awards, which honor outstanding contributions to public service in eight categories, recognized federal programs operated by the Air Force, Education and State Departments. Judges chose eight government programs out ...

Justice slow to dispense terrorism preparedness grants, report says

May 2, 2002 The Justice Department is taking too long to award terrorism preparedness grants to state and local agencies, and the recipients aren't spending the money fast enough, according to a new report from the department's inspector general. As of January 2002, the Justice Department still had not awarded more than half ...

Anti-discrimination bill ready for president’s signature

May 1, 2002 Congress sent President Bush a bill Tuesday that would make federal agencies more accountable for discrimination and retaliation against employees. The Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001 (No FEAR) would require agencies that lose or settle discrimination and whistleblower cases to pay judgments out of their ...

Mint’s poor planning results in too much downtown office space, report says

April 29, 2002 Unused office space in the Mint's headquarters is the result of poor planning and careless management, according to a new report from the Treasury Department's inspector general. The agency did not follow its original acquisition plan and failed to keep complete records of its business transactions when it leased two ...

FEMA seeks input on first responder grants program

April 26, 2002 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking feedback on a grants program that could provide state and local governments with $3.5 billion next year to help them prepare for terrorist attacks. FEMA would like public input on topics ranging from the criteria used to assess how much money a community ...

Watch list targets federal contracts unfair to small businesses

April 25, 2002 A House lawmaker Thursday released a watch list of the top 10 major government contracts that squeeze out small businesses in the federal procurement process. The Defense Department, which accounts for 65 percent of all government purchases, administers or is soliciting bids on seven of the 10 major federal contracts ...

Customs, Secret Service employees honored for post-Sept. 11 work

April 25, 2002 The House of Representatives passed two resolutions Tuesday honoring the employees of the Customs Service and the Secret Service for their work after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "The men and women of the U.S. Customs Service and Secret Service are truly on the front lines in the war on ...

Bill would increase government’s contribution to federal health insurance

April 24, 2002 The government would pay more of the health insurance tab for federal employees under a broad civil service bill introduced Wednesday in the House. The Good People, Good Government Act (H.R. 4580), introduced by Rep. Connie Morella, R-Md., would raise the government's contribution to health insurance premiums in the Federal ...