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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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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 ...

Mint lays off temporary employees, may reduce permanent workforce

November 26, 2001 The U.S. Mint is laying off more than 350 employees, many of them seasonal and temporary workers, because of the sluggish economy, an agency spokesman said Monday. The agency, which has laid off about 245 seasonal and temporary employees nationwide since August, has not ruled out reducing its permanent workforce ...

Former government official to lead Interior’s trust fund transition

November 20, 2001 The Interior Department has tapped a former government official and Indian chief to oversee the creation of a new office to manage Indian trust funds. Ross Swimmer, the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs during the Reagan administration, will lead the reorganization effort to improve the agency's troubled trust accounting system. ...

HUD reform plan fixes some problems, makes others worse, GAO says

November 20, 2001 The Department of Housing and Urban Development's management reform effort has streamlined some agency operations, but exacerbated workforce problems, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. HUD's 2020 Management Reform Plan has eliminated bureaucratic layers at the agency by consolidating some oversight and processing functions associated with ...

Interior creates new office to manage troubled Indian trust fund reform

November 19, 2001 Interior Secretary Gale Norton last week announced the creation of a new office to oversee management of 300,000 Indian trust accounts. The new Bureau of Indian Trust Assets Management will oversee reform of the department's troubled trust accounting system, consolidating duties currently performed by several offices. The department's latest effort ...

Lowdown on loans

November 19, 2001 Reprinted from Nov. 12. Federal Focus will return Monday, Nov. 26. In 1990, Congress passed a law allowing agencies to repay their employees' student loans as a recruitment and retention tool. But it took 11 years for Uncle Sam to come up with the rules to implement the law--and it ...

OMB releases list of jobs that could be outsourced

November 15, 2001 More than 300,000 federal jobs could be performed in the private sector under the 1998 Federal Activities and Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday. OMB released the second round of 2001 FAIR Act lists on Wednesday, but did not have a final tally on ...