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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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Pension agency lets employees study on the job

September 6, 2001 Federal bookworms who miss their student days should consider a job at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where the agency will pay its actuarial employees to study on the job. In June, the Comptroller General ruled that the agency could pay for actuaries to attend training and exam review courses ...

More agencies offer child care subsidies

September 5, 2001 The number of agencies that are taking advantage of the government's child care subsidy program is on the rise, according to the group that administers the benefit. Sixteen agencies spent more than $2 million in fiscal 2001 to help lower-income federal employees cover the costs of child care in licensed ...

OMB urged to conduct new cost-benefit analyses of regulations

September 4, 2001 The Office of Management and Budget is weighing whether to supplement cost-benefit data on federal regulations gathered by federal agencies with its own independent estimates, OMB spokesman Chris Ullman said Friday. Ullman said OMB "can't say at this point" whether it will heed the advice of such organizations as George ...

OPM’s performance report shows more commitment than measurement

August 31, 2001 The Office of Personnel Management is clearly committed to solving the major challenges it faces, but its efforts to measure human resources management at federal agencies need improvement, according to a review by the General Accounting Office. Under the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, federal agencies must develop strategic ...

Management intern program not creating future leaders, report finds

August 30, 2001 The Presidential Management Intern program is thriving in federal agencies, but most interns are not hired for their leadership potential, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Of the federal supervisors surveyed for the report, 76 percent gave high marks to the Presidential Management Interns ...

Rule gives veterans more help with benefits claims

August 30, 2001 Veterans will get more help from the Veterans Affairs Department when submitting benefits claims under a final rule published in the Federal Register Wednesday. The rule, which took effect Wednesday, implements the provisions of the 2000 Veterans Claims Assistance Act, signed into law by President Clinton last year. The law ...

State Department abolishes AIDS tests for employees abroad

August 29, 2001 Foreign nationals and U.S. citizens living abroad who are hired by the State Department will not be subject to HIV/AIDS testing, the agency announced last week. Before the announcement, overseas posts were allowed to test foreign nationals and locally hired U.S. citizens for HIV/AIDS prior to--and during--employment. "We recommended that ...

FBI security review team to meet next month

August 29, 2001 A group of former government leaders tapped to review FBI security policies will meet for the first time next month, according to a notice published in the Federal Register Tuesday. Earlier this month, Attorney General John Ashcroft authorized the creation of a commission to study security policies for sensitive and ...

Online calculator lets federal employees recompute their salaries

August 28, 2001 A new online calculator allows federal employees to figure out what their salaries would be under a 10-year-old law designed to close the pay gap between the public and private sectors. The online tool, featured on the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Web site, calculates how much an employee's ...

Bush nominates Air Force general as top military adviser

August 27, 2001 President Bush on Friday nominated Air Force Gen. Richard Myers to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's top military position. During a press conference in Crawford, Texas, Bush praised Myers, the current vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and former head of the U.S Space Command, ...