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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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Right Place, Right Time

August 15, 2001 y the mid-1990s, Pennsylvania had some of the highest energy rates in the country. To contain soaring electricity costs, lawmakers turned to deregulation, allowing consumers to shop around for the best energy rates by breaking up utility company monopolies. Like telephone and airline deregulation, energy deregulation is supposed to provide ...

Justice Department’s progress in meeting performance goals criticized

August 15, 2001 The Justice Department's progress in reducing drug use and keeping the nation's borders secure was difficult to gauge because the agency failed to clearly link performance measures and outcomes in its fiscal 2000 performance report, according to the General Accounting Office. GAO praised Justice for comparing actual performance with projected ...

Postal Service to create employee-owned firm to handle EEO complaints

August 14, 2001 The U.S. Postal Service plans to create a private, employee-owned company by June 2002 to investigate equal employment opportunity complaints, an agency official said Monday. Current EEO investigators at the agency will be considered first for jobs with the new company, said Laree Martin, manager of the Postal Service's national ...

Defense steps up efforts to recover overpayments

August 13, 2001 The Defense Department is stepping up its efforts to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments made to contractors, an agency official said Friday. JoAnn Boutelle, director of commercial pay services at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), said the agency has already put in place several recommendations ...

Pay.gov collects $1 billion for federal agencies

August 13, 2001 A Web portal that collects money for federal agencies has gathered nearly $1 billion since its debut just 10 months ago, according to the Treasury Department. Pay.gov was developed by Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) and made its online debut in October of last year. The online tool serves as ...

Agencies choose town over country for new offices

August 10, 2001 Federal agencies continue to buy and rent office space in expensive urban centers, ignoring a law that requires them to consider less expensive facilities in rural areas, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. According to the report, "Facilities Location: Agencies Should Pay More Attention to Costs ...

HUD improves performance report, but struggles with results

August 9, 2001 The Housing and Urban Development Department's fiscal 2000 performance report is an improvement over last year's effort, but the agency is still struggling to articulate and accomplish its mission, according to the General Accounting Office. Although GAO praised HUD for improved reporting and for making progress in meeting its goals, ...

FBI agents push for separate law enforcement pay system

August 8, 2001 A professional association that includes nearly 10,000 FBI agents is aggressively pushing for a separate pay system for federal law enforcement officers, according to the group's president. Pay compression within the Senior Executive Service and "out-of-whack" locality pay rates for FBI agents are reviving the effort to create a separate ...

TSP’s C, S and I Funds drop in July

August 7, 2001 The Thrift Savings Plan's C, S and I Funds all fell in July, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C Fund, which invests in common stocks, dropped 0.98 percent, losing ground for the fourth month this year. The fund has declined by nearly ...

Bill would give nurses premium pay for Saturdays

August 7, 2001 Nurses and other health care personnel at the Veterans Affairs Department would receive Saturday premium pay under a bill (S. 1188) introduced in the Senate last month. The proposed legislation, which aims to improve the recruitment and retention of VA nurses, provides Saturday premium pay for licensed practical nurses and ...