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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 orders CIA to review intelligence community

May 15, 2001 President Bush last week directed the CIA to review the federal government's intelligence apparatus and assess whether the government should spend more money on gathering foreign secrets. CIA Director George Tenet will conduct the review, working with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Bush's directive was ...

Coast Guard acquistion project could land agency in deep water

May 14, 2001 The Coast Guard's multibillion dollar project to upgrade equipment used for offshore missions could gobble up funds earmarked for other agency initiatives, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Deepwater, the Coast Guard's long-term acquisition project, seeks to upgrade the agency's equipment for missions 50 miles or ...

Navy intranet project will not result in job losses

May 11, 2001 Federal employees displaced by the Navy's multi-billion dollar intranet project have found jobs either with the contractor or elsewhere in the department, a top Navy official said Thursday. Government employees whose jobs have been affected by the implementation of the Navy-Marine Corps intranet (NMCI) were offered jobs with the project's ...

Agencies lack reliable data on discrimination cases

May 10, 2001 The government does not have a clear idea of the number of discrimination and retaliation cases that involve federal employees, an official from the General Accounting Office said Wednesday. The complex federal redress system together with the patchwork of different reporting procedures used by government agencies are largely to blame ...

House panel chides agencies for poor financial management

May 9, 2001 Leaders from the three federal agencies with the worst records in financial management took their lumps Tuesday during a series of hearings before a House Government Reform Subcommittee. Officials from the departments of Defense and Agriculture and the Agency for International Development (AID) went before the House Subcommittee on Government ...

HUD inspector general to retire in June

May 8, 2001 Susan Gaffney, inspector general at the Housing and Urban Development Department, will retire in June, after serving as the agency's watchdog for more than seven years. According to an agency spokesman, Gaffney is leaving now because she feels the department is in "good hands" under the leadership of Secretary Mel ...

Public service awards honor three federal programs

May 8, 2001 Three federal programs took top honors at the 17th annual Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony held Monday on Capitol Hill. Federal programs operated by the Health and Human Services Department, the Border Patrol and the Air Force at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath, Great Britain were lauded during ...

Federal regulations pay off, OMB report says

May 8, 2001 The benefits of federal regulations tend to outweigh their costs, according to a draft report by the Office of Management and Budget. OMB estimated that the costs of the federal regulatory apparatus range from $82 million to $5 billion a year. The estimated benefits ranged from $50 million to $25 ...

EPA managers must attend anti-discrimination training

May 7, 2001 Managers at the Environmental Protection Agency must attend civil rights training as part of the agency's effort to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, Administrator Christine Todd Whitman announced last week. All 1,600 EPA managers and supervisors will be required to attend a two-day national civil rights training program this summer, ...

Bush orders agencies to cut energy use by 10 percent

May 4, 2001 President Bush Thursday took steps to alleviate the power crisis in California and other western states by ordering federal agencies to reduce the amount of electricity they use. Bush called on the agencies to "set a good example of conservation" by reducing energy consumption in federal buildings by as much ...