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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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Immigration telephone service fast, friendly, report says

January 14, 2002 The Immigration and Naturalization Service's telephone assistance program provides callers with accurate benefit information in a fast and friendly manner, according to a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general. INS customer service representatives answered 200 out of 250 questions correctly on immigration procedures and benefits in a review ...

Commerce employee ill from irradiated mail

January 11, 2002 A Commerce Department employee became ill Thursday after inhaling toxic fumes from irradiated mail, according to a spokesman for the Washington, D.C. fire and emergency medical services agency. A 42-year-old woman working in Commerce's mailroom experienced nausea, difficulty breathing and a burning in her eyes when she opened a ream ...

President Bush fires entire labor-management relations panel

January 10, 2002 President Bush Monday dismissed all seven members of a board that handles disputes between the government and federal employees, according to an official at the Federal Service Impasses Panel. Clay Johnson, director of the White House personnel office, sent all seven members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) letters ...

GAO affirms FBI investigation of alleged travel voucher abuse

January 10, 2002 FBI and Justice Department officials conducted a thorough and fair internal investigation into alleged misconduct by senior agents involving false travel vouchers, according to the General Accounting Office. At the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee, GAO reviewed the FBI's investigation into an October 1997 incident involving eight members of ...

Trace amount of anthrax found in OPM mailroom

January 9, 2002 A trace amount of anthrax bacteria was found in the mailroom of the Office of Personnel Management, agency officials said Wednesday. A counter top swab taken in the OPM mailroom on Dec. 11 tested positive for a single spore of anthrax, according to the agency. Mailroom employees will meet with ...

Treasury told to fine-tune law enforcement performance measures

January 9, 2002 The Treasury Department needs to better explain how its enforcement activities protect the public from such crimes as drug trafficking and terrorism, according to a report by the agency's inspector general. The department must develop a "clear and complete" set of outcome-related performance measures for federal law enforcement activities, according ...

Domestic partners not eligible for long-term care benefit

January 7, 2002 Domestic partners of federal employees are not eligible for long-term health insurance, according to a spokesman for the Office of Personnel Management. "The long-term care option is so new, and we want to make sure the launch is successful," before the government extends coverage to groups not specifically included in ...

Nuke agency told to plan before using hiring flexibility

January 4, 2002 The Energy Department's fledgling nuclear oversight agency should refrain from using its hiring flexibilities to fill certain jobs until it creates a strategic plan for managing its workforce, the General Accounting Office has recommended. The National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within Energy, has already allocated about one-third ...

OMB releases final round of 2001 outsourcing lists

January 3, 2002 The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday released the third and final round of 2001 lists of agency jobs that could be performed in the private sector under the 1998 Federal Activities and Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act. Seventeen agencies, including the Departments of Transportation and Justice and the Central ...

IRS misses 2001 telephone customer service goals

January 2, 2002 Taxpayers who called the IRS last year for help waited longer to speak to agency representatives than they did during the 2000 tax filing season, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Despite the agency's continued efforts to improve customer service over the phone, taxpayers remained on ...