Brittany Ballenstedt

Blogger Reporter Portrait for Brittany Ballenstedt writes Nextgov's Wired Workplace blog, which delves into the issues facing employees who work in the federal information technology sector. Before joining Nextgov, Brittany covered federal pay and benefits issues as a staff correspondent for Government Executive and served as an associate editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Mansfield University and originally hails from Pennsylvania. She currently lives near Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where her husband is stationed.
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Pay-for-Performance Pointers

January 29, 2009 It's unclear how President Obama will approach pay for performance, but a group representing federal managers has some advice. In a recent position paper on the Pentagon's National Security Personnel System, the Federal Managers Association acknowledged that agencies must move toward performance-based compensation to recognize outstanding employees and compete with...

House backs whistleblower provision in stimulus bill

January 28, 2009 The House on Wednesday passed an amendment to its $819 billion stimulus package that would enhance protections for federal employees who report on waste, fraud and abuse in government programs. Reps. Todd Platts, R-Pa., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., proposed an amendment to include in the stimulus measure (H.R. 1)...

Lawmakers reintroduce paid parental leave bill

January 22, 2009 House lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would provide paid parental leave benefits to all federal employees. The bill (H.R. 626), sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; Frank Wolf, R-Va.; Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Danny K. Davis, D-Ill.; and Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., would provide all federal employees with four weeks of...

Obama freezes pay for senior White House staff

January 21, 2009 President Obama on Wednesday announced that he will freeze the pay of senior White House staff making more than $100,000 annually in light of the nation's economic challenges. The pay freeze, which would hold the salaries of about 100 senior employees at current levels, is part of a Jan. 21...

Defense finalizes changes to NSPS hiring, promotion rules

January 16, 2009 The Defense Department on Friday issued final rules to expand the hiring and promotion flexibilities available to managers under its new personnel system. The rules, published by Defense and the Office of Personnel Management in the Federal Register, modify the department's procedures for recruiting, hiring and promoting employees under the...

OPM to modify senior executive selection process

January 15, 2009 The Office of Personnel Management is adjusting the process federal agencies use to select members for the Senior Executive Service, following a pilot project that won high praise from applicants. In a Jan. 12 memorandum to agency human resources heads, acting Director Michael Hager said OPM is developing an improved...

GSA lowers mileage reimbursement rate for 2009

January 15, 2009 The General Services Administration followed the lead of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday by lowering the mileage reimbursement rate from 58.5 cents per mile to 55 cents per mile for federal employees using their personal vehicles for government business. The new reimbursement rate, which is used to calculate the...

Room to Improve

January 15, 2009 How do federal employees rate their pay and benefits? The Office of Personnel Management surveyed 210,000 of them in October and November to get the answer. The 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey results released last week indicated that while employees are fairly satisfied with pay, health insurance benefits and paid...

Undergraduates cite government as a top career

January 14, 2009 A new survey of undergraduate students indicates that government and public service careers are a top choice for employment after graduation. The report, released on Wednesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and employment consultant Universum USA, showed that out of 46 career fields, government and public service vocations...

Advocacy group urges Obama to focus on EEO compliance

January 9, 2009 A federal women's group on Wednesday called on the incoming Obama administration and congressional leaders to ensure that equal employment opportunity managers receive adequate support to improve the status of women and minorities in the government. Federally Employed Women, a Washington-based advocacy group, pointed to an August 2008 Equal Employment...

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