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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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FDIC to offer buyouts to 2,500 employees this spring

February 8, 2002 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will offer cash buyouts to about 2,500 employees beginning in April, an agency spokesman said Friday. FDIC, which insures deposits at the nation's 9,700-plus banks and savings associations, hopes to reduce its workforce from 6,200 to 5,500 by September 2002, said spokesman Phil Battey. If ...

Campaign to recruit feds kicks off this spring on college campuses

February 8, 2002 Uncle Sam and a nonprofit group are heading to college campuses this spring to promote public service. Students at participating schools will be able to learn more about job opportunities in the civil service from current and former federal employees, as part of a new initiative led by the Partnership ...

Lawmakers call on Bush to revoke ban on unions at Justice

February 7, 2002 A bipartisan group of lawmakers called on President Bush Wednesday to revoke an executive order excluding certain Justice Department offices from union representation. In a Feb. 6 letter, eight members of the House, including Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Connie Morella, R-Md., expressed their "strong disagreement" with Bush's decision last ...

Indian tribes reject Interior’s trust fund reorganization plan

February 6, 2002 The Interior Department's proposal to create a new office overseeing the management of Indian trust funds will undermine tribal authority and will only add more bureaucratic layers to an already mismanaged program, Native American leaders said Wednesday at a House hearing. In November, Interior Secretary Gale Norton unveiled plans to ...

GSA’s proposed budget boosts e-government, building security

February 5, 2002 The Bush administration's fiscal 2003 budget proposal for the General Services Administration includes the largest requests to date for e-government initiatives, building repairs and increased security at federal facilities. GSA's proposed $18.9 billion budget for fiscal 2003 includes $45 million to finance interagency e-government projects, $986 million to repair and ...

TSP's C, S and I funds falter in January

February 4, 2002 The Thrift Savings Plan's C, S, and I funds all dropped in January, after gaining in December, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, fell 1.47 percent last month, after a slight increase in December. The fund ...

INS chief praises employees, reaffirms agency reform

February 1, 2002 The head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service praised the agency's employees and dismissed its critics Friday in a speech before the National Immigration Forum. "The employees at the INS are dedicated, smart, loyal people who believe in their mission," said INS Commissioner James Ziglar in his speech to the ...

Bush creates new federal volunteer organization, expands Peace Corps

January 31, 2002 President Bush Tuesday signed an executive order creating a new federal volunteer organization that will work with agencies and nonprofit groups to promote community service at home and abroad. The USA Freedom Corps, which Bush unveiled during his State of the Union address, will strive to double the number of ...

TSP board defends auditing work done by Andersen

January 30, 2002 The auditing firm under investigation for its role in the Enron scandal also counts among its clients the board that runs the Thrift Savings Plan, the government's 401k-style retirement savings plan. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which manages the TSP, has used Andersen to audit its financial statements since ...

GSA to review agencies’ contracts with Enron, Andersen

January 29, 2002 The General Services Administration will review agencies' existing contracts with Enron and auditing firm Andersen to determine whether the government should do further business with them. The Office of Management and Budget has directed GSA to review 106 existing contracts with Enron and Andersen and, if necessary, begin suspension or ...