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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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Washington-area federal agencies remain closed due to hurricane

September 18, 2003 The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday night that Washington-area federal agencies would remain closed Friday because of Hurricane Isabel. Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time. OPM decided late Wednesday to close Washington-area agencies on Thursday after the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority announced it would suspend ...

Panel faults oversight of Air Force Academy

September 5, 2003 Air Force oversight of its academy has been inconsistent for several years, members of an independent panel investigating sexual misconduct at the Colorado Springs, Colo., institution said Friday. "There has been no consistent oversight of the academy by the Air Force or the Pentagon over a period of years," said ...

TSP funds thrive during dog days of summer

September 4, 2003 For the first time since May, all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted positive returns last month, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund grew by 1.94 percent in August, after a 1.78 percent gain in July. The C fund invests in common stocks ...

Report suggests losing 'M' in management intern program

August 28, 2003 The Presidential Management Intern program has attracted outstanding people in its 25-year history, but the program's assumption that participants will embark on lengthy careers as senior managers in the government is obsolete, according to a new report. The esteemed internship program has had difficulty retaining and grooming participants for future ...

Post-Sept. 11 reserve mobilization called inefficient

August 21, 2003 After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon's mobilization of military reserve forces was inefficient because the Defense Department had to cobble together a new strategy to deal with domestic terrorism, according to the General Accounting Office. "Because DoD could not rely on existing operation plans to guide its mobilizations, it ...

State Department issues new visa rules

August 18, 2003 The State Department has issued two rules that aim to crack down on visa fraud and save the government money by streamlining the application process for a popular immigration program. The rules, published in Monday's Federal Register, restrict the automatic re-validation of visas for certain visitors and require applicants to ...

Feds affected by widespread blackout excused from work

August 15, 2003 The Office of Personnel Management directed agencies on Friday to excuse from work federal employees affected by Thursday's massive power outage, which disabled the Northeast, parts of the Midwest and two provinces in Canada. In a memo to agency heads, OPM Director Kay Coles James said federal employees who could ...

Justice IG absolves employees of wrongdoing in Texas flap

August 12, 2003 The Justice Department's inspector general has concluded that federal employees who were contacted for help in locating missing Texas lawmakers did not misuse government resources or violate any laws. In May, more than 50 Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives fled the state to prevent a vote on a ...

GAO: City hospitals lack equipment to handle bioterror attack

August 6, 2003 Most of the country's urban hospitals do not have sufficient resources to handle a sudden surge in patients seeking medical attention because of a bioterrorist attack, according to a new report. Although 81 percent of the hospitals included in a new study by the General Accounting Office (03-924) have developed ...

TSP funds post positive returns in July

August 4, 2003 All the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted positive returns in July, except for the F fund, which consists of fixed-income bonds, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund, which grew by 1.78 percent last month, got off to a slow start this year, but ...