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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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Task force issues report on VA claims processing

October 3, 2001 Poor planning and an overall lack of accountability by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) are partly to blame for the agency's dismal claims processing record, according to a VA task force created to study the problem. The task force, which was launched last spring and included representatives of the VA, ...

Partnerships can save deteriorating federal buildings, GSA says

October 2, 2001 The General Services Administration must form partnerships with industry to rehabilitate deteriorating federal buildings, GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry told a congressional panel Monday. Perry and other witnesses from government and industry pushed for the legislative authority to allow GSA, which acts as the government's landlord, to team up with ...

Bioterrorism response efforts lack coordination, GAO says

October 1, 2001 The efforts of federal agencies to prepare for and respond to potential bioterrorist attacks often overlap, creating accountability and coordination problems throughout government, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Bioterrorism is the threat or release of viruses, bacteria or other toxins through air, food or water, ...

Bush says feds will take leading role in airport security

September 27, 2001 Federal employees will lead an effort to supervise contractors and tighten security at airports across the country, President Bush said Thursday. Although Bush said the federal government will "take charge" of baggage and passenger screening, he indicated that government and industry will work together to tighten security standards at the ...

OMB releases first round of 2001 FAIR Act lists

September 26, 2001 More than 200,000 federal jobs could be performed in the private sector under the 1998 Federal Activities and Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, according to the first round of 2001 job inventories released Wednesday. Fifty-seven agencies, including the Energy Department, NASA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Veterans Affairs Department ...

Air Force brass told not to wear uniforms on commercial flights

September 26, 2001 Senior Air Force officers have been ordered not to wear their uniforms during official travel on commercial flights. Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Christy Nolta said the agency imposed the ban following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington to protect its personnel from being singled out by ...

Lawmaker with an eye on government waste to seek re-election

September 25, 2001 Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson, a lawmaker who has made eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government a top priority, announced Monday that he will seek reelection in 2002. Thompson said he was leaning toward retirement prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, ...

VA to begin independent review of disability claims accuracy

September 24, 2001 The accuracy rate of all disability claims processed by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will be independently reviewed beginning Oct. 1, according to the General Accounting Office. The VBA's Compensation and Pension Service will review the claims processing accuracy rates submitted by each of the VBA's regional offices to prevent ...

Proposal for beefed-up homeland security agency spurs debate

September 21, 2001 The creation of an agency to handle domestic security would result in bureaucratic turf battles among the many federal agencies that handle domestic and international terrorism, Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore said Friday at a hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. The hearing came a day after President Bush ...

Federal contractors lend services to relief effort

September 20, 2001 Despite being affected both personally and economically by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, federal contractors have pledged to support their federal customers with disaster relief and recovery efforts. About 65 percent of all government contracts are with the Defense Department. Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., and Raytheon were the ...