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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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Agencies must keep watchful eye on improper payments, report says

June 4, 2001 Agencies need to strengthen internal controls over their accounting systems and regularly monitor their efforts to reduce improper payments to avoid wasting taxpayers' money, a new report from the General Accounting Office says. GAO studied how several public and private sector organizations tackled improper payments. The watchdog agency concluded that ...

Cost of mass tax rebate mailing not yet known

June 1, 2001 The Treasury Department is gearing up to mail most American taxpayers rebate checks, but there is no estimate yet of how much the mass mailing will cost, an IRS spokesman said Thursday. The tax rebates are part of the $1.35 trillion, 10-year tax cut that Congress approved last week. According ...

Defense Travel System testing to continue

May 31, 2001 Testing of the much-anticipated Defense Travel System will continue, a sign that the outlook for the project is good, a spokesman for the project said Wednesday. In March, Air Force Col. Pamela Arias, the Defense Travel System program director, denied rumors that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld might do away with ...

Agencies get guidance on using heart attack equipment

May 30, 2001 The General Services Administration and the Health and Human Services Department last week issued guidance on the use of defibrillators in federal facilities, urging agencies to get heart smart. The guidelines came about a year after President Clinton ordered the two agencies to develop rules for placing automated external defibrillators, ...

Senator questions Customs Service disciplinary procedures

May 30, 2001 A key lawmaker has rekindled concerns about employee wrongdoing and corruption at the Customs Service. In a letter sent to officials at the Treasury Department, Customs' parent department, late last month, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked for information about disciplinary procedures for Customs employees. In particular, Grassley ...

Appointments Watch: Who’s coming, who’s going

May 29, 2001 While President Bush has been busy announcing his picks for some of the top jobs in his administration, others are packing their bags and getting ready for life after government. Here's a look at some comings and goings: In April, Bush officially nominated Kay Coles James as director of the ...

More Secret Service agents join discrimination suit

May 29, 2001 More black Secret Service agents joined a year-old lawsuit last week alleging discrimination and unfair promotion practices at the agency. Nineteen current and former agents joined 38 others in a lawsuit against the Secret Service, accusing their colleagues of using racial slurs when referring to African-Americans and subjecting them to ...

Top-secret security reviews don't pass muster, report says

May 23, 2001 In reviewing requests for top-secret security clearances, the Defense Department has failed to consistently document important information on applicants, including data on their personal finances, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Personnel security specialists at the Defense Department did not document important risk factors, including unexplained ...

Senator questions pay cuts for IRS managers

May 18, 2001 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent the Internal Revenue Service a letter this week expressing concern over the agency's decision to reduce the salaries and grade levels of some of its employees under its new pay system. In a May 16 letter to IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti, ...

Agencies' performance reports show modest improvement

May 17, 2001 Federal agencies are doing a slightly better job of telling the public what their missions are and how they plan to meet them, according to a study released Wednesday. A research team from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. evaluated the quality of 23 major agencies' ...