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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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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 ...

Report exonerates Park Service employees involved in New Mexico fire

June 18, 2001 National Park Service employees who accidentally set off a devastating wildfire last year in New Mexico are not to blame for the blaze, according to a report released Wednesday by a team of investigators. The report, released by an interagency panel investigating the fire, blamed flawed fire management policies at ...

Impending retirements threaten VA's nursing workforce

June 15, 2001 Impending retirements of nurses at the Department of Veterans Affairs will exacerbate the agency's nursing shortage unless VA finds a way to attract and retain more employees, according to witnesses at a Senate hearing Thursday. Dr. Thomas L. Garthwaite, VA's undersecretary for health, said the average age of a VA ...

IRS denies improper use of new pay banding system

June 14, 2001 IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti disputed allegations lodged last month that his agency improperly reduced the salaries and grade levels of some of its employees by assigning them to a new pay system. In a June 1 letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Rossotti said the IRS did not act ...