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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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Agencies prize accountability when using special hiring authority

December 10, 2001 Federal managers who use special hiring flexibilities to attract top executives to government posts have maintained a high level of accountability and fairness, according to a new report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government. Despite the potential for abusing special hiring authorities, managers at such agencies as ...

Pentagon auditors fail peer review

December 7, 2001 The Pentagon inspector general's office failed to follow proper procedures for conducting audits last year, according to a new report from federal investigators. Defense auditors left out evidence to support their conclusions and occasionally altered investigative paperwork after reports were completed, according to a review conducted by the Health and ...

Nonprofit group wants feds to talk to students about public service

December 6, 2001 Wanted: Enthusiastic federal employees to share their government experience with students interested in public service. The Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the government's recruitment and retention record, is creating a national speakers bureau comprised of mostly career employees to discuss their experience in the federal ...

Homeland security efforts help drug war, but hurt other missions

December 5, 2001 Heightened security at the nation's borders following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is helping federal law enforcement agencies crack down on drug trafficking, but is taking resources away from other core missions, witnesses at a House hearing said Wednesday. "We have seen mounting evidence to the effect that heightened counterterrorist ...

Agencies misuse hiring program designed to benefit minorities

December 4, 2001 Federal agencies continue to misuse a hiring program designed to benefit minorities, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Of the more than 2,300 employees hired through the government's Outstanding Scholar program last year, about 71 percent were white, while only 29 percent were minorities, according to MSPB. In a ...

FBI streamlines operations to focus on counterterrorism

December 3, 2001 The FBI will eliminate its investigative services division and create a new organizational structure focused on fighting terrorism, agency officials announced Monday. The overhaul creates four new executive assistant director positions focused on the following areas: criminal investigations; counterterrorism and counterintelligence; administration; and coordination among federal, state and local law ...

Pentagon to preserve makeshift memorials for Sept. 11 victims

November 30, 2001 Mementos left for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon will be preserved for history, the Defense Department said Thursday. The department has hired a moving company to start collecting thousands of letters, photographs and flags left on the grounds of the Pentagon to remember victims. Nearly ...

Government needs point man on health issues, lawmakers say

November 29, 2001 The government should appoint a spokesman with a medical background to provide credible health information on bioterrorism to avoid the confusion created during the anthrax outbreak, a panel of doctors said Thursday. The federal government failed to effectively inform the public and local health officials during the anthrax outbreak, leading ...

Move to block congressional pay raise would not affect senior executives

November 28, 2001 A proposal that would force lawmakers to vote on an already approved congressional pay raise for next year would not affect senior executives' salaries, according to a staffer for Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. Feingold has crafted an amendment that would force lawmakers to vote on a 3.4 percent raise for ...

CDC updates smallpox response plan for state and local health officials

November 27, 2001 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a plan for responding to a smallpox outbreak, agency employees said Monday. The plan is aimed at state and local public health officials. The draft plan provides information to public health officers on how to respond to a case of smallpox ...