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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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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 ...

IRS backlog of tax compromise cases increases, despite boost in staff

April 8, 2002 The backlog of tax settlement cases at the IRS has tripled over the last five years, despite a significant increase in staff devoted to working out compromises with taxpayers who can't pay their taxes, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The agency's Offer in Compromise Program, ...

INS won’t punish whistleblowers for speaking out after Sept. 11

April 5, 2002 The Immigration and Naturalization Service has reversed its decision to punish two senior employees for speaking out about lax border security after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a statement issued by the agency Thursday. Last fall, the INS suspended and demoted Border Patrol agents Mark Hall and Robert Lindemann, ...

FBI valued career advancement over security, report says

April 5, 2002 FBI management has fostered a culture in which agents view internal security measures as bureaucratic and security investigation duties as a threat to career advancement, a special commission set up in the wake of the Robert Hanssen spying case said Friday. Attorney General John Ashcroft created the commission to review ...

FBI expands employee lie-detector tests

April 4, 2002 The FBI has given lie-detector tests to hundreds of employees with access to sensitive information as part of a broad internal security reform effort, Director Robert Mueller told reporters Wednesday. The agency administered polygraph exams to 700 employees after authorities arrested veteran agent Robert Hanssen in February 2001 for selling ...

U.S. Mint suspends production of Golden Dollar coins

April 3, 2002 The U.S. Mint will not produce any more Golden Dollar coins for circulation in 2002, saving the agency $2 million in manufacturing costs this year, according to a recent audit by the Treasury Department's inspector general. The Mint planned to make 40 million Golden Dollars for circulation during the second ...

Postal Service, EEOC form partnership to expedite discrimination disputes

April 2, 2002 Administrative judges will send most discrimination complaints filed by Postal Service employees back to the agency for mediation before hearing the cases themselves under a new alternative dispute resolution program. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Postal Service announced the first national alternative dispute resolution (ADR) partnership between two ...

Customs needs to adequately staff IT modernization office, report says

April 1, 2002 The Customs Service must fill critical management positions to oversee its $1.3 billion-dollar information technology modernization project, according to a recent audit by the Treasury Department's inspector general. Top positions in the Customs Modernization Office (CMO), including jobs in communications and the agency's business management office, which oversees contracts, are ...

Senator urges INS not to punish whistleblowers

March 29, 2002 A key lawmaker Friday expressed concern that the Immigration and Naturalization Service was disciplining two senior employees for speaking out about lax border security after the Sept. 11 attacks. "Despite the findings of the Office of Special Counsel and the Justice Department inspector general that INS should not retaliate against ...