AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 1141-1150 of 1698

Bill would increase government’s contribution to federal health insurance

April 24, 2002 The government would pay more of the health insurance tab for federal employees under a broad civil service bill introduced Wednesday in the House. The Good People, Good Government Act (H.R. 4580), introduced by Rep. Connie Morella, R-Md., would raise the government's contribution to health insurance premiums in the Federal ...

Bill aims to improve management of Indian trust funds

April 23, 2002 A bill introduced in the Senate Friday aims to increase accountability for Indian trust fund management at the Interior Department by encouraging tribes to manage their own accounts and by appointing a deputy secretary to oversee trust reform. The bipartisan legislation (S. 2212) would make it easier for tribes to ...

EEOC launches new Web page on alternative dispute resolution

April 22, 2002 Federal employees can see how some government agencies resolve discrimination complaints on a new Web page launched last week. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has created a Web page with information on the federal alternative dispute resolution process, ranging from frequently asked questions about the program to the types of ...

Top senior executives honored at soiree

April 19, 2002 Federal executives gathered Thursday night in Washington to honor the government's top senior executives with the nation's highest award for civil servants. Sixty-two members of the Senior Executive Service received the highest honor of the Presidential Rank Award, the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive, at a black-tie dinner at the ...

HHS effort to consolidate operations met with skepticism

April 18, 2002 Participants in a Senate hearing Thursday questioned whether consolidating several public affairs offices within the Health and Human Services Department would improve communication on bioterrorism between the government and the public. As part of its "One Department" initiative to streamline operations, HHS is consolidating a number of management functions, including ...

INS shortens chain of command at the Border Patrol

April 17, 2002 Senior managers in the Border Patrol's field offices will report directly to the head of the agency as part of a broader effort to improve accountability at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, administration officials announced Wednesday. Effective immediately, the Border Patrol's 21 sector chiefs will no longer report to a ...

INS crime lab not meeting case deadlines

April 16, 2002 The Immigration and Naturalization Service is taking longer to process important forensic cases involving document fraud despite increases in its staff and a new case priority system, according to a report from the General Accounting Office. The INS Forensic Document Laboratory (FDL) is divided into forensic and intelligence sections. It ...

Poor training puts Indian trust fund accounting at risk

April 15, 2002 The Interior Department still has not trained employees properly on how to handle Indian trust records, putting the agency's trust fund accounting system at further risk, according to a new report. Training on how to manage trust records is sporadic and fails to offer Interior employees practical and comprehensive guidance ...

Rising INS attrition rates could threaten border security

April 10, 2002 The attrition rate among Border Patrol agents and immigration inspectors continues to climb and could stymie efforts to improve border security, a union leader told a House panel Wednesday. The Immigration and Naturalization Service is losing Border Patrol agents and immigration inspectors at a staggering rate because of low pay ...

INS proposes new rules for tourist, student visas

April 9, 2002 The Immigration and Naturalization Service on Monday announced changes aimed at tightening visa rules, including one that could limit the amount of time some foreigners can visit the United States to 30 days. The agency announced a proposed rule on Monday that would reduce the minimum admission period for foreign ...