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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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Bush announces new plan to fight wildfires

August 22, 2002 President Bush Thursday announced a new plan to combat wildfires by streamlining federal regulations on forest management and encouraging agencies to rely more on industry to thin forests. The administration's "Healthy Forests" initiative would make it easier for timber companies to cut trees and brush in fire-prone forests. More than ...

Patent office to begin testing examiners’ skills

August 7, 2002 The Patent and Trademark Office will test and certify patent examiners and managers on a regular basis as part of the agency's strategic plan to improve overall operations. "A well-trained workforce is the most significant contributing factor in ensuring the quality of our products," said PTO Director James Rogan in ...

TSP’s July numbers in mid-summer slump

August 6, 2002 The C, S and I funds continued to plunge in July, according to the latest numbers from the Thrift Savings Plan. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, slipped 7.7 percent in July, after falling 7.1 percent in June. The C fund, which has dropped 23.63 percent over the ...

Hundreds of weapons, laptops missing from Justice Department

August 5, 2002 Five Justice Department agencies, including the FBI, have reported hundreds of lost or stolen weapons and computers over the last few years, according to a new report from the department's inspector general. The FBI, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service reported ...

House approves pay raise for law enforcement officers

July 29, 2002 The House last week approved a provision that would give Park Police and uniformed Secret Service agents a pay raise next year. The provision, included in the fiscal 2003 Treasury-Postal Appropriations bill (H.R. 5120), reverses a law passed in 2000 that blocked special locality-based raises for these law enforcement officers. ...

House approves 4.1 percent pay raise for federal employees

July 24, 2002 The House on Wednesday voted to give federal civilian employees a 4.1 percent pay raise in 2003. The pay raise, included in the fiscal 2003 Treasury-Postal Appropriations bill, provides civilian employees with the same percentage increase as members of the military. The Bush administration had proposed a 2.6 percent raise ...

Full Senate panel backs 4.1 percent raise, rejects outsourcing quotas

July 17, 2002 The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to give federal employees a 4.1 percent pay raise in fiscal 2003. The committee also approved an amendment preventing the Bush administration from requiring agencies to designate a percentage of their jobs for possible outsourcing. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Treasury ...

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 ...