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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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House bill would cut premium pay for some Customs employees

November 8, 2001 A provision in a House border security bill would cut premium pay for Customs Service officers who work certain night shifts, according to a federal employee union. The House Ways and Means Committee last week approved the Customs Border Security Act of 2001 (H.R. 3129), which contains a provision that ...

Anthrax spores found in U.S. post office at Pentagon, VA medical center

November 5, 2001 Traces of anthrax bacteria were found in a U.S. post office located in the Pentagon and in the mailroom of the Washington, D.C., Veterans Affairs Medical Center, agency officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found anthrax spores on Saturday in two of 17 samples taken ...

Key antiterrorism jobs remain vacant

November 2, 2001 More than one-quarter of the top jobs at agencies involved in the war against terrorism are vacant, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution. Of the 164 top positions requiring Senate confirmation at agencies directly involved in the war on terrorism, 120 are occupied by confirmed Bush appointees ...

Senator introduces President's management reform legislation

November 1, 2001 Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., introduced legislation Thursday that would increase the pay limit for senior executives and give agencies more flexibility to design pay and personnel systems. The Bush administration's Freedom to Manage initiative contains proposals that would raise the cap on total compensation for members of the Senior Executive ...

Lawmaker favors scrapping INS, creating new border security agency

October 31, 2001 The Immigration and Naturalization Service should be abolished and a new border security agency should take its place, lawmakers said at a press conference Wednesday. "It appears INS is not getting the message," Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. "It is clear ...

Education announces management plan to combat waste, fraud

October 30, 2001 The Education Department on Tuesday outlined a long-term management reform plan to eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse that have dogged the agency for years. Education Secretary Rod Paige pledged to hold all agency employees, including senior managers and contractors, fully accountable for their performance in meeting these departmentwide goals. ...

Managers should involve employees in decision making, report says

October 30, 2001 Making sure employees can see how their jobs relate to an agency's overall mission is an important part of successful human resources management, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. GAO studied the efforts of five agencies to improve human resources management and found that directly involving ...

Treasury task force to follow terrorists’ money trail

October 25, 2001 The Customs Service will lead a multi-agency effort to dismantle the financial support networks of terrorists, officials from Customs and the Treasury and Justice departments announced Thursday. The new anti-terrorism task force is aimed at cutting off funds to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda followers. The project, dubbed Operation Green ...

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 ...