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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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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 ...

Bush signs anti-discrimination bill into law

May 16, 2002 President Bush signed legislation Wednesday that will 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) requires agencies that lose or settle discrimination and whistleblower cases to pay judgments out of their own budgets. Those ...

Report gives federal agencies poor grade for small business contracting

May 15, 2002 The federal government has not only not improved its track record in awarding jobs to small businesses over the last year, but its record is actually getting worse, according to a new report from Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y. In her third annual scorecard on small business contracting, Velázquez gave the ...

Union rallies for bill expanding federal law enforcement status

May 14, 2002 The largest federal employees union rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to support a bill that grants federal law enforcement officer status to certain employees of the Veterans Affairs Department, the IRS and other agencies. Police officers at the Veterans Affairs Department and revenue officers at the IRS would be able ...

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 ...