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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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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 ...

Legislation would give domestic partners federal benefits

February 16, 2001 Domestic partners of federal employees would receive the same benefits as spouses under a bill introduced in the House Wednesday. The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (H.R. 638), introduced by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., gives the same or opposite sex domestic partner of a federal employee access to benefits, ...

EPA manager praises agency decision not to appeal bias verdict

February 15, 2001 Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, a black senior manager at the Environmental Protection Agency who won a race and sex discrimination suit against the agency last August, praised EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman's decision not to appeal the case. Coleman-Adebayo said she was "delighted" by the court's ruling and Whitman's decision not to ...

USDA officials aim for a pest-free Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2001 Roses are red. Violets are blue. Make sure those exotic flowers aren't hiding a critter or two. Sending flowers is a Valentine's Day tradition, but, according to the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), shipments of freshly cut imported flowers may contain pests that threaten American agriculture. ...

Air Force sets example for long-term planning

February 13, 2001 Successful long-term agency planning requires federal career civil servants and political appointees to trust each other and to use innovative thinking, according to a recent report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government. In "Corporate Strategic Planning in Government: Lessons from the United States Air Force," Colin Campbell, ...

Union calls for weekend pay parity for VA nurses

February 12, 2001 The largest federal employees' union is urging lawmakers to pass legislation guaranteeing Saturday premium pay for nurses at the Veterans Affairs Department. The American Federation of Government Employees sent a letter Feb. 6 to Sen. John D. Rockefeller, D-W. Va., asking for his support in correcting a law that requires ...