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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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Senator seeks to raise pay cap for new senior executives

October 23, 2001 Agencies may be able to pay new top-level hires more than the current law allows under legislation Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, plans to introduce later this week. Voinovich said his proposed legislation would allow agencies to fill mission-critical positions within the government by raising the current senior executive pay cap ...

Appointees get fewer awards, but bigger ones, report finds

October 19, 2001 Political appointees received far fewer cash awards than career employees last year, but those awards were, on average worth more than before, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. While more than 1 million career employees received cash awards for superior job performance from September 1999 through ...

Law enforcement agencies make pitch for better pay, no-hassle hiring

October 18, 2001 The government needs to improve pay and streamline the hiring process for law enforcement officers to attract and retain a talented workforce, top officials from three agencies said during a House hearing Wednesday. A bureaucratic hiring process and caps on overtime pay are hampering efforts to recruit and retain law ...

Public opinion of political appointees jumps after terrorist attacks

October 17, 2001 Americans now have a more favorable opinion of political appointees than they do of other federal employees, according to a new survey conducted by the Brookings Institution after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Nearly 80 percent of Americans now view political appointees favorably, up from 60 percent in a similar ...

FEMA was prepared for terrorist acts, agency chief says

October 16, 2001 The Federal Emergency Management Agency had enough resources to effectively respond to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and is prepared to handle future disasters, FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh said at a Senate hearing Tuesday. "No need or want went unmet during the disaster response," Allbaugh told members of the Senate ...

Bush praises government’s top executives, pushes outsourcing

October 15, 2001 President Bush praised the dedication and commitment of the government's career executives and underscored his administration's support for outsourcing during a speech before the Senior Executive Service on Monday. During his address at Washington's Constitution Hall, Bush honored the 345 recipients of the 2001 Presidential Rank Awards and their colleagues ...

Employees uncertain about proposed homeland security agency

October 11, 2001 Federal employees at such agencies as the Coast Guard and the Border Patrol welcome the idea of a separate homeland security agency, a House lawmaker said Thursday. But some employees told Government Executive they are wary of such a change. "Many folks [at the Coast Guard, the Customs Service, and ...

FEMA focused on natural disasters, not terrorism, GAO says

October 10, 2001 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing a better job preparing communities for natural disasters, but needs to evaluate the effectiveness of its terrorism readiness program, according to a report from the General Accounting Office. FEMA met the majority of its performance goals related to preventing and reducing the ...

FBI not reaching out to local law enforcement, Baltimore officials say

October 9, 2001 Despite the FBI's talk about the importance of information-sharing between federal and local law enforcement agencies, it has done a poor job of tapping local law enforcement officials for help in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner. The nation's top law ...

Military service members to participate in Thrift Savings Plan

October 5, 2001 Beginning Tuesday, military service members will be able to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP, administered by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, previously has been available only to federal civilian employees. The fiscal 2001 Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act extended TSP participation to active-duty ...