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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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Army Corps to proceed with controversial navigation project

August 22, 2001 The Army Corps of Engineers has resumed its $1 billion navigation project on the Upper Mississippi River, after faulty data put the study on hold in March. Earlier this month, the Corps announced that its revised study of the Upper Mississippi would emphasize "environmentally sustainable use of the river" and ...

Agencies doing a better job of posting jobs, report finds

August 21, 2001 Agencies are doing a better job at posting employment vacancies, but many still are confused about the requirements of advertising federal positions, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Between fiscal 1997 and fiscal 1999, federal agencies overall increased their compliance with job posting regulations by ...

TSP Board modifies financial hardship withdrawal rules

August 21, 2001 Federal employees who make hardship withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts can no longer transfer the funds to an IRA or other retirement plan, according to a new rule from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The board scrapped the provision that allowed financially strapped employees who withdrew funds ...

Appointments Watch: See you in September

August 20, 2001 Summer vacation is coming to an end, and many federal employees still don't know who their new bosses will be. Although President Bush got more nominees to the Senate before the August recess than President Clinton did at the start of his first term, more than half of Bush's top ...

Science agencies get mixed signals on Results Act

August 17, 2001 Federal science agencies are making a "good faith effort" to comply with the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, but often get conflicting instructions from Congress on how to implement the law, according to a new report from the government's top scientific academies. The five major agencies that fund federal ...

Right Place, Right Time

August 15, 2001 y the mid-1990s, Pennsylvania had some of the highest energy rates in the country. To contain soaring electricity costs, lawmakers turned to deregulation, allowing consumers to shop around for the best energy rates by breaking up utility company monopolies. Like telephone and airline deregulation, energy deregulation is supposed to provide ...

Justice Department’s progress in meeting performance goals criticized

August 15, 2001 The Justice Department's progress in reducing drug use and keeping the nation's borders secure was difficult to gauge because the agency failed to clearly link performance measures and outcomes in its fiscal 2000 performance report, according to the General Accounting Office. GAO praised Justice for comparing actual performance with projected ...

Postal Service to create employee-owned firm to handle EEO complaints

August 14, 2001 The U.S. Postal Service plans to create a private, employee-owned company by June 2002 to investigate equal employment opportunity complaints, an agency official said Monday. Current EEO investigators at the agency will be considered first for jobs with the new company, said Laree Martin, manager of the Postal Service's national ...

Defense steps up efforts to recover overpayments

August 13, 2001 The Defense Department is stepping up its efforts to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments made to contractors, an agency official said Friday. JoAnn Boutelle, director of commercial pay services at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), said the agency has already put in place several recommendations ...

Pay.gov collects $1 billion for federal agencies

August 13, 2001 A Web portal that collects money for federal agencies has gathered nearly $1 billion since its debut just 10 months ago, according to the Treasury Department. Pay.gov was developed by Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) and made its online debut in October of last year. The online tool serves as ...