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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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Bush to agencies: Get rid of 'vampire' appliances

July 3, 2001 speech at the Energy Department last Thursday, Bush called on the federal government to set an example of energy conservation by purchasing appliances equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies. Bush said he would work with Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to help government and industry meet energy standards mandated by the ...

Senators urge crackdown on improper payments

July 3, 2001 Two senators last week pushed federal agencies to reduce billions of dollars in improper payments, asking agency leaders a series of questions about their efforts to improve internal accounting systems. Last Tuesday, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Ranking Member Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., sent letters to the ...

Proposed rule aims to help managers control mail costs

June 27, 2001 Agencies would have to revamp their accounting systems to better manage mail expenses and save the government more money on postage under a proposed rule from the General Services Administration. The proposed rule, issued by GSA and published last month in the Federal Register, updates current regulations on federal mail ...

Appointments Watch: The numbers game

June 26, 2001 Humidity isn't the only thing bothering Washington this summer. According to the Brookings Institution, the government continues to slog through the presidential appointments process. As of June 22, according to Brookings, 120 Bush nominees for key federal posts had been confirmed by the Senate, while 102 additional nominations had been ...

Senator to introduce legislation supporting SES pay raise

June 25, 2001 Sen. John Warner, R-Va., plans to introduce a bill this week that would raise pay caps set for senior career executives, his spokesman said Friday. Warner has met with members of the Senior Executives Association and pledged his support for raising the pay caps on career executives' base salaries, said ...

Road to accessible technology just beginning, managers say

June 25, 2001 As of today, federal agencies are required by law to provide assistive technology to employees with disabilities. But federal managers say the day marks the beginning of efforts to improve technology accessibility, not the end. The accessibility regulations, laid out in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, ...

OPM nominee favors giving agencies pay flexibilities

June 22, 2001 The government needs to consider giving agencies more opportunities to use pay strategically when recruiting and retaining federal employees, President Bush's pick to head the Office of Personnel Management said Thursday. As head of the agency charged with overseeing federal employees' pay and benefits, Kay Coles James said she would ...

Veterans' claims training behind schedule

June 21, 2001 Development of a Veterans Affairs Department training program designed to reduce errors in processing veterans' disability benefits is at least two years behind schedule, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The program, which aims to improve VA's accuracy in processing veterans' disability and pension claims, was ...

OMB deputy says performance-based budgeting is top priority

June 20, 2001 President Bush's chief management priority is to link the performance goals of federal programs to agency budgets, a top administration official said Tuesday. The Bush administration is determined to put teeth behind the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), said Sean O'Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management ...

Veterans' training program works to get performance measures right

June 20, 2001 A Labor Department job training program for veterans needs more specific performance measures in order for managers to better track its performance, according to a recent report from the General Accounting Office. GAO praised the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service program (VETS) for developing new performance measures that ...