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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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Whether it's Bush or Gore, some appointees will stay put

November 15, 2000 Once the election results are finally sorted out, the President-elect and his team can get on with the business of setting up their administration. That will mean making thousands of political appointments. But some appointees are going to stay right where they are regardless of who wins. Here's a list ...

Clinton signs bill improving vets' claims process

November 13, 2000 Veterans will get get more assistance in processing their benefits claims under a bill signed into law by President Clinton last Thursday. The Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000 (H.R. 4864) directs the Veterans Affairs Department to inform veterans of the information necessary to complete their claims, inform claimants when ...

Scholars advise next president to appoint bipartisan Cabinet

November 13, 2000 Scholars from the Brookings Institution Wednesday urged the next president to embrace bipartisanship by choosing appointees from both political parties to serve in the new administration. A post-election analysis scheduled by the think tank shifted gears in light of the presidential election recount, and scholars-at that point assuming Texas Gov. ...

Election snafu doesn't stop GSA's transition team

November 10, 2000 Amid this week's election chaos, the General Services Administration's presidential transition team stands ready to help the next batch of political appointees get accustomed to life in the executive branch and the nation's capital. GSA's transition support office-which provides office space, furnishings, equipment and other services to the new administration-is ...

TSP's C Fund continues to drop in October

November 9, 2000 The Thrift Savings Plan's C Fund-which invests in common stocks- continued to fall in October following a sharp drop in September, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. Following a September decline of 5.27 percent, the C Fund fell 0.40 percent in October-the seventh time ...

Key civil service lawmakers keep Congressional seats

November 8, 2000 Key lawmakers on congressional civil service committees overwhelmingly retained their seats, according to unofficial returns released late Tuesday night. While the president-elect will be the next CEO of the federal government, lawmakers on congressional civil service committees will be the ones pushing new federal pay and benefits and agency reform ...

Clinton orders agencies to work closely with Indian tribes

November 8, 2000 President Clinton issued an executive order Monday directing agencies to strengthen their relationships with American Indian tribes and to respect the sovereignty of tribal governments in carrying out federal regulations. Clinton said that the federal government must grant Indian tribal governments the "maximum administrative discretion possible" when it comes to ...

GAO to study accommodations for voters with disabilities

November 7, 2000 This Election Day, the General Accounting Office will be visiting several counties across the country to see how well polling places accommodate voters with disabilities. Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and John McCain, R-Ariz., asked the GAO to conduct a nationwide study Nov. 7 to determine how well states are complying ...

President vetoes intelligence bill

November 7, 2000 President Clinton vetoed a bill Saturday that would have made leaking classified information a felony, saying the criminal provision threatened the public's right to freedom of information. The Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal year 2001 (H.R. 4392) contained a provision that made the improper disclosure of government secrets a felony, ...

VA Web site lets veterans file for benefits online

November 6, 2000 The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new Web site that enables veterans to file online for pension and health care benefits. Unveiled last Friday, the Veterans Online Applications site lets veterans apply for disability compensation, pension and vocational rehabilitation benefits electronically. The site is designed to cut down on ...