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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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GSA suspends Enron and Andersen from new business

March 15, 2002 The General Services Administration Friday temporarily suspended Enron Corp. and the auditing firm Arthur Andersen from doing future business with the federal government. GSA suspended Enron for one year from receiving government contracts, while Andersen's suspension lasts for the duration of its criminal indictment. The agency announced its decision a ...

Bush orders broad review of INS operations

March 14, 2002 President Bush has ordered a sweeping review of the Immigration and Naturalization Service after a Florida flight school received copies of visa approvals for two terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush directed the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate record-keeping and mailing procedures at the INS to discover ...

Poor oversight, lax attitudes fuel Navy purchase card fraud

March 13, 2002 Witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday blamed poor oversight and lax accountability for the widespread abuse of government purchase cards at two Navy units. Despite the Navy's efforts over the past year to reduce purchase card fraud, some employees and managers at two San Diego-based naval units continue to justify ...

Ridge unveils more specific national alert system

March 12, 2002 The White House Office of Homeland Security on Tuesday announced a new warning system that includes five levels of alert for assessing the threat of possible terrorist attacks. The color-coded alert system, created by a presidential directive, is designed to help government and law enforcement officials properly gauge threats of ...

Lawmakers choose words carefully when describing feds, study finds

March 11, 2002 Members of the House of Representatives in the 103rd and 104th Congresses, particularly Republicans, often used the term "bureaucrat" pejoratively to influence the debate over the size and role of government, according to a new study by a think tank scholar. "If pejorative terms about government are used in floor ...

Lawmakers reintroduce paid parental leave bill

March 8, 2002 House lawmakers reintroduced a bill on Thursday that would give federal employees six weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2002 (H.R. 3915) would create a separate category of leave for maternity or paternity ...

Bill would make student loan repayments tax-free

March 7, 2002 Federal employees who participate in the government's student loan repayment program would not have to pay income tax on the loans under a bill introduced Thursday in the House. The Generating Opportunity by Forgiving Educational Debt for Service (GOFEDS) Act, aims to attract recent college and professional school graduates to ...

OPM gives approval to Bureau of Prisons pay system

March 7, 2002 The methodology used to set pay for wage-grade employees at the Bureau of Prisons is fair and consistent with private sector rates, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. In its report, "The Pay of Bureau of Prisons: Federal Wage System Employees," OPM concluded that the ...

TSP funds continue to fall in February

March 5, 2002 The Thrift Savings Plan's C and S funds continued to drop in February, after lackluster showings in January, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C fund, which invests in common stocks, fell 1.92 percent last month, following a 1.47 percent drop in January. ...

Study to look at how agencies sell federal careers

March 4, 2002 "The Few. The Proud. The Marines." It's catchy, it's concise and it sells. The Marine Corps' famous tagline and well-known advertising is one reason why the Marines don't have a recruiting problem. While other government jobs might not seem as exciting as life in the Marine Corps, the Merit Systems ...