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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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Education Secretary vows to root out waste and mismanagement

April 24, 2001 A team of senior career managers at the Education Department will work over the next three months to eliminate mismanagement and fraud at the agency, Secretary Rod Paige announced late last week. Paige has assembled an eight-member team from Education's senior ranks as part of an initiative to root out ...

Foreign Service spouses seek better retirement benefits

April 23, 2001 Foreign Service officers' spouses who worked part-time for the government would regain lost retirement benefits under a bill introduced recently in the House. The proposed legislation, H.R. 1496, would allow officers' spouses who worked overseas for the government from 1988 to 1998 to buy back into the Federal Employees Retirement ...

Former Army Corps official calls for review panel

April 20, 2001 The Army Corps of Engineers should resurrect a 90-year-old agency panel that reviewed major Corps projects, according to a former panel member. Created by Congress in 1902 and comprised of seven senior Corps officials, the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors reviewed proposed large-scale navigation projects before Congress eliminated ...

Pentagon needs to clear up confusion about housing allowances, report says

April 19, 2001 Base commanders need more information on how the Pentagon sets annual housing allowance rates in order to dispute allegations of unfairness by service members, according to a new General Accounting Office report. In January 2000, the Defense Department changed the way it calculated housing allowance rates, resulting in significant rate ...

Audit: INS can't account for missing weapons, computers

April 19, 2001 A recent audit by the Justice Department's inspector general revealed thousands of computers are unaccounted for and hundreds of weapons are missing from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The audit, which investigated the agency's record-keeping over the past three years, said that 61,000 items worth nearly $70 million were missing ...

Energy Secretary denounces racial profiling

April 17, 2001 Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham issued a memo to employees Monday denouncing discrimination at the department. An Energy official confirmed the memo had been issued, but said the department would not publicly release the document because it was an internal memo for employees only. In the memo, Abraham said discrimination would ...

Oversight board criticizes proposed IRS budget

April 16, 2001 The Bush administration's proposed budget for the Internal Revenue Service does not provide enough money to modernize technology, according to the IRS Oversight Board. In an interim report released by the oversight board Thursday, the group recommended an 8.9 percent increase over the administration's proposed figure of $9.4 billion for ...

Agencies turn in telecommuting reports

April 16, 2001 Reports outlining how federal agencies will promote telecommuting to their employees are due to the Office of Personnel Management Monday. In a Feb. 9 memo to department and agency heads, OPM Acting Director Stephen Cohen instructed agencies to identify positions that lend themselves to telecommuting and offer employees in those ...

Reconstructing an Image

April 15, 2001 The Army Corps of Engineers is trying to recover from a year of bad publicity. he Army Corps of Engineers is working to rebuild its image after a year of bad press and criticism. Last November, the Army inspector general found that three top Army Corps of Engineers officials had ...

Making the Case

April 15, 2001 By matching performance to dollars, the Coast Guard has won increased funding, but its responsibilities still outpace its budget. n Dec. 17, a 600-foot cruise ship collided with a ferocious winter storm off the Virginia coast. The vessel, carrying 34 crewmembers, was on its way to Charleston, S.C., when the ...