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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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Veterans' claims training behind schedule

June 21, 2001 Development of a Veterans Affairs Department training program designed to reduce errors in processing veterans' disability benefits is at least two years behind schedule, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The program, which aims to improve VA's accuracy in processing veterans' disability and pension claims, was ...

OMB deputy says performance-based budgeting is top priority

June 20, 2001 President Bush's chief management priority is to link the performance goals of federal programs to agency budgets, a top administration official said Tuesday. The Bush administration is determined to put teeth behind the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), said Sean O'Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management ...

Veterans' training program works to get performance measures right

June 20, 2001 A Labor Department job training program for veterans needs more specific performance measures in order for managers to better track its performance, according to a recent report from the General Accounting Office. GAO praised the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service program (VETS) for developing new performance measures that ...

Report exonerates Park Service employees involved in New Mexico fire

June 18, 2001 National Park Service employees who accidentally set off a devastating wildfire last year in New Mexico are not to blame for the blaze, according to a report released Wednesday by a team of investigators. The report, released by an interagency panel investigating the fire, blamed flawed fire management policies at ...

Impending retirements threaten VA's nursing workforce

June 15, 2001 Impending retirements of nurses at the Department of Veterans Affairs will exacerbate the agency's nursing shortage unless VA finds a way to attract and retain more employees, according to witnesses at a Senate hearing Thursday. Dr. Thomas L. Garthwaite, VA's undersecretary for health, said the average age of a VA ...

IRS denies improper use of new pay banding system

June 14, 2001 IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti disputed allegations lodged last month that his agency improperly reduced the salaries and grade levels of some of its employees by assigning them to a new pay system. In a June 1 letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Rossotti said the IRS did not act ...

Judges may get final say in class discrimination cases

June 13, 2001 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is considering a rule that would allow its administrative judges to issue final decisions in discrimination cases involving groups of employees. The rule, which appeared in the Federal Register last month as part of the agency's semiannual regulatory review, would strip agencies of their authority ...

Bill would protect whistleblower disclosures to supervisors

June 12, 2001 Federal whistleblowers who approach their supervisors with allegations of government wrongdoing would be protected from retaliation under a bill introduced last week in the Senate. Under proposed legislation introduced by Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawaii, employees who disclose agency waste, fraud and abuse to their supervisors or members of Congress ...

Prime-time TV gives government employees their due

June 11, 2001 More favorable portrayals of government and of civil servants are emerging on prime-time television, according to a report released last week by the Council for Excellence in Government. Among current television programs with government themes, nearly three out of four episodes portray government positively, and favorable character portrayals of civil ...

NAACP task force endorses anti-discrimination bill

June 8, 2001 Federal workers joined members of an NAACP task force Thursday to support legislation that would make agencies more accountable for discriminating against their employees. Participants at an NAACP press conference praised the proposed Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR), which would make the government more accountable ...