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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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CIA reorganization will not cut agency jobs

May 2, 2001 The Central Intelligence Agency's decision to reorganize its administrative office will not cost any employees their jobs, a CIA spokeswoman said Tuesday. The new management structure, announced last week by CIA Director George J. Tenet and Executive Director A.B. Krongard, divides the directorate of administration into five separate areas: information ...

Hackers vandalize Labor, HHS Web sites

May 1, 2001 Computer hackers vandalized Web sites run by the departments of Labor and Health and Human Services on Saturday, according to officials at the two agencies. The www.health.gov site operated by HHS was defaced with a picture of Wang Wei, the Chinese pilot killed in a collision with a U.S. Navy ...

Report finds veterans are treated fairly in federal hiring

May 1, 2001 Federal agencies are properly implementing veterans' preference in their hiring decisions, according to a new study from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM looked at the fiscal 1999 hiring practices of selected parts of nine departments and five agencies, including the departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs and the Environmental ...

Agencies’ paperwork burden on the public too high, GAO says

April 30, 2001 Americans are spending more time and effort filling out forms for the federal government, despite a 1980 law designed to reduce the burden of paperwork on the public, according to the General Accounting Office. The paperwork burden imposed on people by the government has mushroomed over the past five years, ...

Black-tie affair honors government's top senior executives

April 27, 2001 The government's top senior executives were honored with the nation's highest award for civil servants Thursday evening at the State Department. Fifty-three members of the Senior Executive Service received the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive at a black-tie banquet at the State Department. White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. ...

HUD Secretary says Clinton hiring program has hurt morale

April 26, 2001 A controversial Clinton administration program at the Housing and Urban Development Department to recruit people from outside the agency to work in local communities has hurt employee morale, HUD Secretary Mel Martinez said Wednesday. "The fact is that the Community Builders program has had a very negative effect on the ...

Agencies better prepared for terrorist attacks, report says

April 25, 2001 Government agencies are better prepared to respond to terrorist attacks thanks to training and guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. FEMA has provided better guidance to federal, state, and local agencies on handling the aftermath of terrorist acts and ...

Education Secretary vows to root out waste and mismanagement

April 24, 2001 A team of senior career managers at the Education Department will work over the next three months to eliminate mismanagement and fraud at the agency, Secretary Rod Paige announced late last week. Paige has assembled an eight-member team from Education's senior ranks as part of an initiative to root out ...

Foreign Service spouses seek better retirement benefits

April 23, 2001 Foreign Service officers' spouses who worked part-time for the government would regain lost retirement benefits under a bill introduced recently in the House. The proposed legislation, H.R. 1496, would allow officers' spouses who worked overseas for the government from 1988 to 1998 to buy back into the Federal Employees Retirement ...

Former Army Corps official calls for review panel

April 20, 2001 The Army Corps of Engineers should resurrect a 90-year-old agency panel that reviewed major Corps projects, according to a former panel member. Created by Congress in 1902 and comprised of seven senior Corps officials, the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors reviewed proposed large-scale navigation projects before Congress eliminated ...