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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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HUD improves performance report, but struggles with results

August 9, 2001 The Housing and Urban Development Department's fiscal 2000 performance report is an improvement over last year's effort, but the agency is still struggling to articulate and accomplish its mission, according to the General Accounting Office. Although GAO praised HUD for improved reporting and for making progress in meeting its goals, ...

FBI agents push for separate law enforcement pay system

August 8, 2001 A professional association that includes nearly 10,000 FBI agents is aggressively pushing for a separate pay system for federal law enforcement officers, according to the group's president. Pay compression within the Senior Executive Service and "out-of-whack" locality pay rates for FBI agents are reviving the effort to create a separate ...

TSP’s C, S and I Funds drop in July

August 7, 2001 The Thrift Savings Plan's C, S and I Funds all fell in July, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C Fund, which invests in common stocks, dropped 0.98 percent, losing ground for the fourth month this year. The fund has declined by nearly ...

Bill would give nurses premium pay for Saturdays

August 7, 2001 Nurses and other health care personnel at the Veterans Affairs Department would receive Saturday premium pay under a bill (S. 1188) introduced in the Senate last month. The proposed legislation, which aims to improve the recruitment and retention of VA nurses, provides Saturday premium pay for licensed practical nurses and ...

VA medical center wins President's top prize for federal management

August 6, 2001 The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center won the President's top prize for quality management this year, the first recipient of the award in three years. The Grand Junction, Colo. medical center received the 2001 Presidential Award for Quality Friday during the closing luncheon at the Excellence in Government conference ...

Bill would make child care subsidy program permanent

August 3, 2001 A pilot program that allows agencies to help qualified federal employees pay for child care would become permanent under a bill introduced Wednesday in the Senate. Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., introduced legislation (S. 1286) that would make permanent agencies' authority to use appropriated funds to help lower-income employees cover the ...

Senator says legislative, SES pay should not be linked

August 2, 2001 Senior executives' pay and congressional salaries should not be linked, a key lawmaker said Wednesday during a speech on the government's hiring problems. "We [Congress] need to look at the tie between legislative pay and Senior Executive Service pay, and we ought to eliminate it," said Sen. George V. Voinovich, ...

Special Counsel pushes for right to appeal whistleblower cases

August 1, 2001 The Office of Special Counsel's inability to appeal decisions in whistleblower cases undermines its ability to protect federal employees who disclose government wrongdoing, Special Counsel Elaine Kaplan told a Senate panel last week. The Office of Special Counsel is the independent agency responsible for investigating federal whistleblowers' allegations of retaliation ...

Pentagon sticks with long-delayed Defense Travel System

July 27, 2001 The Defense Department will move forward with its much-anticipated paperless travel system, according to Pentagon officials. The Defense Travel System (DTS) "will meet our future temporary duty travel authorization, arrangements, payment and accounting requirements, while providing broad benefits to the department," said Dov S. Zakheim, Defense Department comptroller, and E.C. ...

Report: Energy Department needs hundreds of scientists

July 26, 2001 The Energy Department has significant recruitment and retention problems, and needs to immediately fill nearly 600 scientific and technical positions or risk not being able to meet its missions, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. Although Energy acknowledges its recruitment and retention problems, the department doesn't ...