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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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IRS told to set goals for improving phone service

March 6, 2001 The IRS must recruit and retain a talented workforce and develop strategic goals for its telephone service if it hopes to meet the demands of taxpayers, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report criticized IRS for failing to establish long-term goals based on taxpayers' needs for its ...

Defense personnel waiting longer for clearances

March 5, 2001 Top-secret security clearances for Defense Department employees are taking longer to complete than they did last year, according to the department's deputy inspector general. Robert J. Lieberman, deputy IG at Defense, said he was "troubled" that it takes the Defense Security Service more than a year to conduct the most ...

Defense to clarify education requirement for contract specialists

March 2, 2001 The Defense Department plans to issue guidelines clarifying a controversial provision in the 2001 Defense Authorization Act that has threatened to send thousands of federal contract specialists back to school, according to a spokesman for Sen. John Warner, R-Va. Geoff Schwartzman, a spokesman for Warner, said the act's new education ...

Report finds Army Corps used flawed data on river project

March 1, 2001 The Army Corps of Engineers used flawed data in a cost-benefit analysis studying navigation improvements to the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences. The report, by the National Research Council, said the flawed results from the analysis should not be used in ...

Army Corps chief defends employees accused of data-rigging

February 28, 2001 Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, Tuesday defended Corps employees involved in a controversial waterway navigation project during a hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The Army asked the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the validity of the Corps' cost-benefit analysis that ...

Survey finds customers satisfied with military health plan

February 27, 2001 Most members of Tricare, the Defense Department's managed care health plan, are satisfied with the quality of their health care, according to an independent study released last week. The study, conducted jointly by the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Defense Analyses, showed that 74 percent of Tricare ...

Agencies adopt plan to fight domestic terrorism

February 26, 2001 Six federal agencies have teamed up to develop a plan for responding to terrorist threats and incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. The FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take the lead in handling domestic threats and acts, according to a plan released last week and signed by ...

Court sees whistleblower retaliation in Indian trust fund case

February 26, 2001 Evidence indicates the Interior Department retaliated against an employee who cooperated with lawyers seeking to recover millions of dollars in Indian trust funds, a federal court official found last week. As a result of the findings, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and other agency officials could be held in contempt ...

Border Patrol agents denied interest on back pay

February 22, 2001 Border patrol agents are not eligible for interest on back pay awards under the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new decision from the Court of Federal Claims. In 1999, the court ruled that border patrol agents were entitled to overtime pay because of their erroneous classification under the ...

Bush dissolves labor-management partnership council

February 19, 2001 President Bush issued an executive order Saturday dissolving the labor-management partnership council created by President Clinton in 1993. The order revokes Executive Order 12871, which created the National Partnership Council and required agencies to establish individual partnership councils and increase union involvement in agency decision-making. Bush also issued orders requiring ...