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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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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, ...

Health plan shutdown will affect more than 30,000 federal employees

August 24, 2001 The George Washington University Health Plan, which covers more than 33,000 federal employees in the Washington metropolitan area, is shutting down, the group announced Wednesday. The plan, which includes a health-maintenance organization and a preferred provider organization, said it plans to close in early 2002 because it does not have ...

IRS’ tax levy program could collect millions if expanded

August 23, 2001 The IRS could recover at least $270 million in delinquent federal taxes each year by taxing certain payments made by three major agencies, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. A provision in the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act, known as the continuous levy program, allows the IRS ...

INS commissioner opposes splitting the agency

August 23, 2001 Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Commissioner James W. Ziglar on Tuesday said he won't split the agency into two separate organizations, as widely proposed, but said that he hopes to begin restructuring the INS this fall to improve services for immigrants. According to the Associated Press and the Washington Post, ...

Army Corps to proceed with controversial navigation project

August 22, 2001 The Army Corps of Engineers has resumed its $1 billion navigation project on the Upper Mississippi River, after faulty data put the study on hold in March. Earlier this month, the Corps announced that its revised study of the Upper Mississippi would emphasize "environmentally sustainable use of the river" and ...

Agencies doing a better job of posting jobs, report finds

August 21, 2001 Agencies are doing a better job at posting employment vacancies, but many still are confused about the requirements of advertising federal positions, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Between fiscal 1997 and fiscal 1999, federal agencies overall increased their compliance with job posting regulations by ...

TSP Board modifies financial hardship withdrawal rules

August 21, 2001 Federal employees who make hardship withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts can no longer transfer the funds to an IRA or other retirement plan, according to a new rule from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The board scrapped the provision that allowed financially strapped employees who withdrew funds ...