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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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Former appointee calls for more top jobs for career executives

July 10, 2001 Career civil servants should have more opportunities to work in government's top positions, according to a veteran political appointee. The glut of political appointments in the executive branch hinders career executives from aspiring to top government positions, said Roger Porter, who served in the Ford, Reagan and George H. W. ...

Per-person government costs on the rise

July 9, 2001 The average American worked 187 days in 2001 to cover the costs of government operations, according to an annual report released Friday by Americans for Tax Reform. It took Americans until July 6 of this year to pay off the costs of taxes and regulations at all levels of government, ...

Coast Guard seeks final bids on major acquisition project

July 9, 2001 The Coast Guard requested final proposals last week from contractors vying for the agency's multi-billion dollar acquisition project to upgrade aging equipment. The Coast Guard's Deepwater acquisition project seeks to upgrade the agency's equipment for missions 50 miles or more offshore. These activities include interdicting drugs and illegal immigrants and ...

Bush nominates veteran government official to head FBI

July 6, 2001 President Bush nominated a longtime Justice Department official to head the country's top law enforcement agency Thursday. Two weeks after the departure of former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, Bush nominated Robert S. Mueller III, a U.S. attorney in California, to lead the scandal-plagued agency. "Agents of the bureau prize ...

Panels to analyze intelligence agencies

July 5, 2001 This week marked the beginning of a gathering of minds on the intelligence community's current capabilities and future needs. Over the next few months, two panels of intelligence experts from inside and outside the federal government will take stock of the intelligence community, with a focus on the areas of ...

Bush to agencies: Get rid of 'vampire' appliances

July 3, 2001 speech at the Energy Department last Thursday, Bush called on the federal government to set an example of energy conservation by purchasing appliances equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies. Bush said he would work with Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to help government and industry meet energy standards mandated by the ...

Senators urge crackdown on improper payments

July 3, 2001 Two senators last week pushed federal agencies to reduce billions of dollars in improper payments, asking agency leaders a series of questions about their efforts to improve internal accounting systems. Last Tuesday, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Ranking Member Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., sent letters to the ...

Proposed rule aims to help managers control mail costs

June 27, 2001 Agencies would have to revamp their accounting systems to better manage mail expenses and save the government more money on postage under a proposed rule from the General Services Administration. The proposed rule, issued by GSA and published last month in the Federal Register, updates current regulations on federal mail ...

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 ...