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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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Public service awards honor three federal programs

May 8, 2001 Three federal programs took top honors at the 17th annual Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony held Monday on Capitol Hill. Federal programs operated by the Health and Human Services Department, the Border Patrol and the Air Force at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath, Great Britain were lauded during ...

Federal regulations pay off, OMB report says

May 8, 2001 The benefits of federal regulations tend to outweigh their costs, according to a draft report by the Office of Management and Budget. OMB estimated that the costs of the federal regulatory apparatus range from $82 million to $5 billion a year. The estimated benefits ranged from $50 million to $25 ...

EPA managers must attend anti-discrimination training

May 7, 2001 Managers at the Environmental Protection Agency must attend civil rights training as part of the agency's effort to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, Administrator Christine Todd Whitman announced last week. All 1,600 EPA managers and supervisors will be required to attend a two-day national civil rights training program this summer, ...

Bush orders agencies to cut energy use by 10 percent

May 4, 2001 President Bush Thursday took steps to alleviate the power crisis in California and other western states by ordering federal agencies to reduce the amount of electricity they use. Bush called on the agencies to "set a good example of conservation" by reducing energy consumption in federal buildings by as much ...

White House lifts restrictions on federal hiring

May 4, 2001 The Bush administration has lifted restrictions on hiring rank-and-file federal workers, according to a new memo from the Office of Management and Budget. But limits on hiring managers are still in place. Agencies without a Senate-confirmed head can now hire employees for non-supervisory positions below the GS-13 level, according to ...

Tax rebate could end up costing the IRS

May 3, 2001 A proposed tax rebate could be very expensive for the IRS, according to IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. Rossotti said a proposed $85 billion tax rebate, if enacted, would result in "some sizable costs" for the agency over the short-term, including postage and printing costs associated with sending every taxpayer ...

CIA reorganization will not cut agency jobs

May 2, 2001 The Central Intelligence Agency's decision to reorganize its administrative office will not cost any employees their jobs, a CIA spokeswoman said Tuesday. The new management structure, announced last week by CIA Director George J. Tenet and Executive Director A.B. Krongard, divides the directorate of administration into five separate areas: information ...

Hackers vandalize Labor, HHS Web sites

May 1, 2001 Computer hackers vandalized Web sites run by the departments of Labor and Health and Human Services on Saturday, according to officials at the two agencies. The www.health.gov site operated by HHS was defaced with a picture of Wang Wei, the Chinese pilot killed in a collision with a U.S. Navy ...

Report finds veterans are treated fairly in federal hiring

May 1, 2001 Federal agencies are properly implementing veterans' preference in their hiring decisions, according to a new study from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM looked at the fiscal 1999 hiring practices of selected parts of nine departments and five agencies, including the departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs and the Environmental ...

Agencies’ paperwork burden on the public too high, GAO says

April 30, 2001 Americans are spending more time and effort filling out forms for the federal government, despite a 1980 law designed to reduce the burden of paperwork on the public, according to the General Accounting Office. The paperwork burden imposed on people by the government has mushroomed over the past five years, ...