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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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Bush creates new federal volunteer organization, expands Peace Corps

January 31, 2002 President Bush Tuesday signed an executive order creating a new federal volunteer organization that will work with agencies and nonprofit groups to promote community service at home and abroad. The USA Freedom Corps, which Bush unveiled during his State of the Union address, will strive to double the number of ...

TSP board defends auditing work done by Andersen

January 30, 2002 The auditing firm under investigation for its role in the Enron scandal also counts among its clients the board that runs the Thrift Savings Plan, the government's 401k-style retirement savings plan. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which manages the TSP, has used Andersen to audit its financial statements since ...

GSA to review agencies’ contracts with Enron, Andersen

January 29, 2002 The General Services Administration will review agencies' existing contracts with Enron and auditing firm Andersen to determine whether the government should do further business with them. The Office of Management and Budget has directed GSA to review 106 existing contracts with Enron and Andersen and, if necessary, begin suspension or ...

FBI seeks to hire hundreds of agents with counterterrorism skills

January 28, 2002 The FBI is seeking to hire more than 900 new special agents by the end of September to help the agency fight terrorism. The FBI plans to hire 966 special agents with experience in such areas as engineering, information technology and science, according to an agency statement . The country's ...

GAO lays down the law: auditors of agencies can’t be consultants

January 25, 2002 Auditors who review federal agencies can no longer provide their clients with certain consulting services, according to new requirements in government auditing standards. The new rules, released Friday by the General Accounting Office, are designed to make sure auditors who review federal agencies do not perform management functions or make ...

Anti-terror battle tops Justice Department’s management challenges

January 24, 2002 Combating terrorism, improving the process of sharing information with other agencies and enforcing immigration laws are among the Justice Department's top management challenges, according to a new report from the department's inspector general. The top 10 management challenges that Justice faces also include improving computer security and financial systems and ...

Test of privatized meat inspection system called inconclusive

January 23, 2002 The Agriculture Department has not been able to prove that private sector personnel inspect poultry as thoroughly as government employees, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Two years ago, Agriculture developed a pilot program to reduce the number of government inspectors stationed on the slaughter line ...

Transportation releases training guidelines for baggage screeners

January 18, 2002 The Transportation Department on Friday released training guidelines for airport baggage screeners, outlining a plan to create a high-quality federal workforce. The training plan will teach baggage screeners how to properly check people, bags and cargo; handle stressful situations and resolve conflicts; and maintain a professional rapport with passengers. Baggage ...

Government executives favor smaller budgets than the public, study finds

January 18, 2002 The government's top career employees are more frugal than the general public when it comes to supporting federal programs, according to a new study. Contrary to popular belief, the government's senior executives favor less spending on federal programs ranging from welfare to Social Security and are not strongly motivated by ...

Bush’s ban on unions at Justice serves no purpose, union says

January 16, 2002 President Bush's decision to exempt certain Justice Department offices from a labor law is "bizarre" and the result of bad advice from his subordinates, argues a lawyer for the largest federal employees' union. On Jan. 7, Bush issued an executive order exempting five Justice Department offices from union representation for ...