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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 praises government’s top executives, pushes outsourcing

October 15, 2001 President Bush praised the dedication and commitment of the government's career executives and underscored his administration's support for outsourcing during a speech before the Senior Executive Service on Monday. During his address at Washington's Constitution Hall, Bush honored the 345 recipients of the 2001 Presidential Rank Awards and their colleagues ...

Employees uncertain about proposed homeland security agency

October 11, 2001 Federal employees at such agencies as the Coast Guard and the Border Patrol welcome the idea of a separate homeland security agency, a House lawmaker said Thursday. But some employees told Government Executive they are wary of such a change. "Many folks [at the Coast Guard, the Customs Service, and ...

FEMA focused on natural disasters, not terrorism, GAO says

October 10, 2001 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing a better job preparing communities for natural disasters, but needs to evaluate the effectiveness of its terrorism readiness program, according to a report from the General Accounting Office. FEMA met the majority of its performance goals related to preventing and reducing the ...

FBI not reaching out to local law enforcement, Baltimore officials say

October 9, 2001 Despite the FBI's talk about the importance of information-sharing between federal and local law enforcement agencies, it has done a poor job of tapping local law enforcement officials for help in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner. The nation's top law ...

Military service members to participate in Thrift Savings Plan

October 5, 2001 Beginning Tuesday, military service members will be able to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP, administered by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, previously has been available only to federal civilian employees. The fiscal 2001 Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act extended TSP participation to active-duty ...

Task force issues report on VA claims processing

October 3, 2001 Poor planning and an overall lack of accountability by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) are partly to blame for the agency's dismal claims processing record, according to a VA task force created to study the problem. The task force, which was launched last spring and included representatives of the VA, ...

Partnerships can save deteriorating federal buildings, GSA says

October 2, 2001 The General Services Administration must form partnerships with industry to rehabilitate deteriorating federal buildings, GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry told a congressional panel Monday. Perry and other witnesses from government and industry pushed for the legislative authority to allow GSA, which acts as the government's landlord, to team up with ...

Bioterrorism response efforts lack coordination, GAO says

October 1, 2001 The efforts of federal agencies to prepare for and respond to potential bioterrorist attacks often overlap, creating accountability and coordination problems throughout government, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Bioterrorism is the threat or release of viruses, bacteria or other toxins through air, food or water, ...

Bush says feds will take leading role in airport security

September 27, 2001 Federal employees will lead an effort to supervise contractors and tighten security at airports across the country, President Bush said Thursday. Although Bush said the federal government will "take charge" of baggage and passenger screening, he indicated that government and industry will work together to tighten security standards at the ...

OMB releases first round of 2001 FAIR Act lists

September 26, 2001 More than 200,000 federal jobs could be performed in the private sector under the 1998 Federal Activities and Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, according to the first round of 2001 job inventories released Wednesday. Fifty-seven agencies, including the Energy Department, NASA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Veterans Affairs Department ...