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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Michael Harrison

September 15, 2005 Agriculture Michael Harrison Assistant Secretary for Administration Like many of his counterparts in other federal agencies, Michael Harrison has numerous responsibilities that fall under the general heading of "administration." As the Agriculture Department's assistant secretary for administration, Harrison also is the chief acquisition officer and the chief human capital officer....

Jay Anania

September 15, 2005 State Jay Anania Chief Information Officer In the mid-1980s, Jay Anania was in Mexico, getting Americans out of jail. A veteran of the Foreign Service, he began his career as a consular and management officer handling visas in Tijuana. Now, 21 years and six overseas posts later, Anania manages the...

CDC chief touts improvements in meeting public health challenges

November 14, 2003 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a faster, more adaptable agency now than it was two years ago when it confronted the anthrax attacks, the agency's director said Friday. The threat of terrorism, coupled with a series of public health crises over the last two years, including the...

Bill would give IGs fixed terms, personnel flexibilities

October 9, 2003 Agency inspectors general would serve 7-year terms and receive more flexibility in hiring and paying their employees under legislation a House lawmaker plans to introduce next week. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., will introduce a bill that aims to strengthen the independence of the government watchdogs, who currently can be removed...

TSP's C and S funds fall in September

October 2, 2003 The Thrift Savings Plan's C and S funds dipped slightly in September, the first time since February that the funds did not post a positive return, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund fell 1.14 percent last month, after a 1.94 percent boost in August. The...

Report: FBI still lacks IT strategy

September 29, 2003 The FBI still lacks a comprehensive blueprint for modernizing its information technology systems, because the agency has not made crafting such a strategy a priority, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Despite nearly three years of effort to develop a plan to upgrade its antiquated systems,...

Air Force Academy panel pushes for investigation of leaders

September 22, 2003 The Pentagon should hold previous Air Force leaders accountable for systematically failing to effectively address sexual misconduct at the Air Force Academy for at least a decade, an independent panel said Monday. The seven-member panel appointed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in May recommended that the Pentagon's inspector general conduct...

Washington-area federal agencies remain closed due to hurricane

September 18, 2003 The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday night that Washington-area federal agencies would remain closed Friday because of Hurricane Isabel. Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time. OPM decided late Wednesday to close Washington-area agencies on Thursday after the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority announced it would suspend...

Panel faults oversight of Air Force Academy

September 5, 2003 Air Force oversight of its academy has been inconsistent for several years, members of an independent panel investigating sexual misconduct at the Colorado Springs, Colo., institution said Friday. "There has been no consistent oversight of the academy by the Air Force or the Pentagon over a period of years," said...

TSP funds thrive during dog days of summer

September 4, 2003 For the first time since May, all the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted positive returns last month, according to the latest numbers from the plan. The C fund grew by 1.94 percent in August, after a 1.78 percent gain in July. The C fund invests in common stocks...

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