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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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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 ...

Finalists for 2003 public service awards announced

July 23, 2003 Twenty-eight federal employees were named Wednesday as finalists in this year's Service to America Medals program. The employees hailed from departments ranging from Justice to Labor to Homeland Security. The awards, which aim to raise public awareness of the work done by federal employees, will honor winners in the fall ...

Agencies told to let career employees monitor political job vacancies

July 16, 2003 A new report recommends that senior career employees should be responsible for enforcing a law that requires agencies to inform Congress of vacancies in presidentially appointed jobs. The General Accounting Office found that new political appointees, who may not be familiar with the requirements of the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform ...

Thousands sign petition urging full probe of Air Force Academy scandal

July 10, 2003 More than 2,300 people, including military service members and veterans, have signed a petition demanding a thorough investigation of alleged sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy. The petition, drafted by anti-domestic and sexual violence groups across the country, will be formally delivered Friday to Tillie Fowler, chair of the ...

Homeland Security reassigns hundreds of agents to northern border

July 2, 2003 More than 375 Border Patrol agents will be reassigned to the country's northern border as part of the Homeland Security Department's ongoing effort to increase security on the 4,000-mile boundary between the United States and Canada. The voluntary reassignments, which include veteran agents who have worked on the U.S.-Mexico border, ...

Agencies granted faster hiring authority for cybersecurity, medical employees

June 24, 2003 Agencies can hire cybersecurity specialists and medical personnel without going through standard government job competitions, the Office of Personnel Management announced on Friday. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James on Friday granted direct hire authority for those occupations because agency officials have said they have trouble getting good ...

Senator faults leadership in Air Force sex scandal

June 23, 2003 An Air Force report investigating dozens of allegations of sexual assault at the service's academy has not adequately addressed the issue of accountability, a senator told an independent panel on Monday. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., urged the independent civilian panel investigating the allegations at the Colorado Springs institution to "consider ...