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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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Interior Secretary could be held in contempt

April 13, 2001 Interior Secretary Gale Norton may face contempt of court charges for failing to comply with a federal court order in a four-year-old lawsuit involving the Bureau of Indian Affairs' management of individual trust funds for Native Americans. A group of Native Americans filed a motion Monday with U.S. District Court ...

Student loan repayment benefit takes effect

April 12, 2001 After 11 years and several delays, a student loan repayment benefit for federal employees finally took effect Thursday. In February, Office of Personnel Management officials announced in the Federal Register that the effective date for the student loan regulation would be delayed from Feb. 12 until April 12 to give ...

Agencies submit annual performance plans to Congress

April 11, 2001 On Monday, federal agencies sent Congress their annual performance plans for fiscal 2002, outlining how they will meet the Bush administration's goals of flattening the federal hierarchy and beefing up performance-based contracting. Under the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, agencies must submit annual performance plans to Congress that spell ...

OPM workforce tool to help flatten federal hierarchy

April 10, 2001 The Bush administration plans to use a workforce planning model developed by the Office of Personnel Management to flatten the federal hierarchy, according to the administration's fiscal 2002 budget, released Monday. In its fiscal 2002 performance plan, OPM said a wave of upcoming retirements and the need for new skills ...

TSP's C Fund slumps in March

April 9, 2001 The Thrift Savings Plan's C Fund continued to drop in March, following a nosedive in February. The fund, which invests in common stock, fell 6.33 percent last month, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. In February, the C Fund plummeted 9.12 percent. The F ...

Judge orders federal back pay case to be settled through mediation

April 9, 2001 A federal judge Friday ordered the government and the National Treasury Employees Union to settle an 18-year-old back pay case through court mediation. Lawyers for NTEU and the Office of Personnel Management met in late March with U.S. District Court Judge John Garrett Penn to discuss how to reimburse thousands ...

Nuclear agency seeks to fill hundreds of jobs

April 6, 2001 The National Nuclear Security Administration has drafted a proposal to fill up to 300 jobs at the agency as part of its plan to recruit and retain more employees, agency officials said Wednesday. NNSA Administrator John Gordon, testifying before a House Armed Services subcommittee, said he circulated the proposal for ...

Staff cuts hurt quality of VA health care, union charges

April 5, 2001 The quality of the Veterans Affairs' health care system is suffering because of shortages in its nursing staff and increased outsourcing, according to the largest federal employees' union. Cuts in the VA's nursing staff over the past five years coupled with the hiring of more contractors during the same period ...

Pentagon says contract specialists don't have to go back to school

April 4, 2001 March 21 memo, Acting Undersecretary of Defense Charles L. Cragin directed agency officials to apply education requirements included in the 2001 Defense Authorization Act only to new military and civilian contracting officials who started in their positions after Oct. 1, 2000. Section 808 of the 2001 Defense Authorization Act requires ...

Electronic tax filing on the rise, despite security concerns

April 3, 2001 More taxpayers are filing their returns electronically, despite computer security concerns, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Through March 15, nearly 30 million individual taxpayers submitted returns electronically--a 10 percent increase over the same period last year, according to agency statistics. During a hearing Monday before a House Government Reform ...