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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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Meet the New Boss

November 1, 2000 t's been eight years since the last change in presidential administrations, so career executives and managers across government are brushing up on their transition skills. Pre-transition jitters are common for both career executives and political appointees, but those who have been through the process say most of the time both ...

HUD under fire for drafting plan to hire 900 new employees

November 1, 2000 Members of Congress and a labor union representing employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have criticized a HUD plan to hire approximately 900 new workers over the next several months, filling slots that open through normal attrition. HUD officials say the initiative, known as Project Hire, is ...

New TSP planning software debuts

October 31, 2000 Federal employees can calculate which Thrift Savings Plan options will best help them meet their retirement goals, thanks to new TSP planning software. Robust Technical Resources (RTR), based in Leonardtown, Md., introduced its TspEstimator Monday. The software functions as a calculator that lets employees experiment with different investment plans and ...

Federal employees may get 4.6 percent raise in 2002

October 30, 2000 Federal employees may get a raise of about 4.6 percent in 2002, according to economic statistics from the Labor Department released last Thursday. The Employment Cost Index (ECI) measures changes in public and private sector costs of wages, salaries and benefits over a 12-month period ending in September, and is ...

Agencies get mixed grades on Senate panel's management test

October 27, 2000 Eleven of the 24 largest federal agencies are still having trouble setting specific performance goals to tackle major management problems, according to a new report by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., chairs the committee. In August 1999, Thompson sent letters to the heads of the 24 ...

Lawmakers investigate charges of waste, fraud at Education

October 26, 2000 Education Secretary Richard W. Riley defended his department against charges of waste, fraud and abuse before a House committee Wednesday. Riley answered questions from members of the Education and Workforce Committee about the agency's financial mismanagement and allegations of fraud involving Education Department employees. The Education Department hasn't received a ...

Gore pledges new phase of reinventing government

October 25, 2000 Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday he would launch a new phase of his reinventing government effort if elected President, and pledged not to add a single job to the federal workforce. Gore said he would cut federal spending to reduce the size of the government as a share of ...

Negotiations continue over special rate case settlement

October 25, 2000 The National Treasury Employees Union and the federal government have agreed to try and reach a settlement by Nov. 30 in a 1983 back pay case involving 188,000 federal employees. Attorneys for NTEU and the Office of Personnel Management met yesterday in district court to report on their progress in ...

Agencies pass budget test, but not with flying colors

October 24, 2000 Most agencies' budget information is accurate and reliable, but improvements are necessary in the financial reporting for several key federal programs, according to a new General Accounting Office report. GAO reviewed 22 major budget accounts at 10 agencies--representing more than 75 percent of fiscal year 1999 expeditures--and found that 14 ...

More bugs found in new TSP software

October 24, 2000 More computer bugs have been discovered in the software that will support two new funds for the Thrift Savings Plan, according to a recent update from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The board, which runs the TSP, reported more than 7,300 glitches in the system as of Oct. 18. ...