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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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People: Military moguls

March 13, 2000 Every Monday on, the People column announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to or fax it to 202-739-8511. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said a fond farewell to its vice chairman, Air Force General Joseph W....

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FAA supervisors struggle to save their jobs

March 10, 2000 Frustrated by stalled negotiations with the Federal Aviation Administration, air traffic control supervisors are making a last-ditch attempt to save hundreds of managerial jobs from the chopping block. The Federal Managers Association (FMA) is publicly blasting the FAA's plan to cut supervisory positions through attrition and instead give air...

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House passes bonus-free waste reduction bill

March 9, 2000 The House Wednesday passed a bill 375-0 aimed at helping federal agencies recover overpayments to vendors. But a provision offering potential cash awards of up to $150,000 for career employees who reduced wasteful spending was stripped from the bill before it passed. The House-passed version of the Government Waste...

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Clinton to issue new green government order

March 8, 2000 President Clinton is planning to issue an executive order later this year instructing agencies to beef up their efforts in environmental management. Fran McPoland, a Clinton administration official who oversees efforts to make federal agencies more environmentally conscious, announced the proposed order, tentatively titled "Greening the Government through Leadership...

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OMB shifts contract emphasis from past to present performance

March 7, 2000 In an effort to improve federal contract management, the Office of Management and Budget later this month will issue guidelines urging federal agencies to offer contractors continuous feedback. While many federal contracts already have built-in performance evaluations throughout the life of agreements, OMB's new guidelines on evaluating contractors' performance...

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People: CIA exec secures nuclear nomination

March 6, 2000 Every Monday on, the People column announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to or fax it to 202-739-8511. President Clinton will nominate Air Force General John A. Gordon, currently the deputy CIA director, to lead the...

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Watch out for appointees "burrowing in," OPM warns

March 3, 2000 Be on the lookout for political appointees attempting to "burrow in" to career positions in the government, Office of Personnel Management director Janice R. Lachance warned agency heads in a recent memo. Many politically appointed federal employees attempt to convert their work status from political appointee to career civil servant...

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Yellowstone issues first-ever 'state of the park' report

March 2, 2000 Yellowstone National Park has become the first national park to create a "state of the park" report, assessing the effectiveness of the park's management. In the report, issued this week, Yellowstone officials expressed concern over the future of the park's natural resources and the lack of staff and funding...

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Union workers decry outsourcing at Capitol rally

March 1, 2000 Federal union workers Tuesday called for public-private competition in government contracting at a rally on the steps of the Capitol organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage, flanked by members of Congress including Rep. Albert Wynn, D-Md., and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton,...

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OPM study says federal HR staff lack important skills

February 29, 2000 Federal human resources professionals lack the skills needed to do their jobs well, particularly when it comes to technical skills, a recent Office of Personnel Management study found. According to the study, more than 90 percent of HR executives say there is a gap between the requirements and the...