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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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Test of privatized meat inspection system called inconclusive

January 23, 2002 The Agriculture Department has not been able to prove that private sector personnel inspect poultry as thoroughly as government employees, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Two years ago, Agriculture developed a pilot program to reduce the number of government inspectors stationed on the slaughter line ...

Transportation releases training guidelines for baggage screeners

January 18, 2002 The Transportation Department on Friday released training guidelines for airport baggage screeners, outlining a plan to create a high-quality federal workforce. The training plan will teach baggage screeners how to properly check people, bags and cargo; handle stressful situations and resolve conflicts; and maintain a professional rapport with passengers. Baggage ...

Government executives favor smaller budgets than the public, study finds

January 18, 2002 The government's top career employees are more frugal than the general public when it comes to supporting federal programs, according to a new study. Contrary to popular belief, the government's senior executives favor less spending on federal programs ranging from welfare to Social Security and are not strongly motivated by ...

Bush’s ban on unions at Justice serves no purpose, union says

January 16, 2002 President Bush's decision to exempt certain Justice Department offices from a labor law is "bizarre" and the result of bad advice from his subordinates, argues a lawyer for the largest federal employees' union. On Jan. 7, Bush issued an executive order exempting five Justice Department offices from union representation for ...

Union president knocks Bush’s choice to head labor panel

January 15, 2002 President Bush's pick to head a labor-management relations panel lacks the experience for the job, according to the leader of one of the largest federal employee unions. "President Bush has nominated an expert as chairperson to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, but the appointee's expertise appears to be in fields ...

Bush administration weighs merging border security agencies

January 15, 2002 The White House Office of Homeland Security is looking at the pros and cons of creating an agency that would consolidate the border security efforts of various federal departments, according to a spokesman for the office. "Consolidating border agencies or functions is one option being studied to determine if that ...

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 ...