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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GAO backs boost in oversight of executive pay-for-performance

December 16, 2008 The government should improve the certification process for federal agencies with performance-based pay systems for members of the Senior Executive Service, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The report (GAO-09-82) found that while oversight of the systems by the Office of Personnel Management and Office of...

TSP officials face leadership challenges

December 15, 2008 Officials overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan have met with a member of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team to discuss leadership issues as well as future changes to the plan, the TSP's legislative director said on Monday. At a monthly meeting on Dec. 15, TSP Legislative Director Thomas Trabucco said he...

Bush gives federal employees extra day off

December 12, 2008 President Bush on Friday ordered executive branch agencies to close on Friday, Dec. 26, giving most federal employees a four-day weekend over the Christmas holiday. Agency heads still have the authority to order some essential employees to their posts on the day after Christmas, according to Bush's executive order. Traditionally,...

Obama urged to focus on performance-based government

December 10, 2008 Members of a coalition of good-government groups have met with representatives of President-elect Barack Obama's transition teams to promote an agenda focused on improving measurement of the performance of government programs. In an interview with Government Executive, members of the Government Performance Coalition, which includes more than a dozen organizations,...

OPM renegotiates out-of-network health benefits

December 8, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management announced on Friday that it is working with insurance carriers in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program to reevaluate certain out-of-network benefits for nonemergency surgeries, a move that will extend enrollment until the end of January for federal employees who wish to change their plans....

Hiring authority for military spouses begins to take shape

December 5, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday issued draft rules that would provide agencies with special hiring authorities for spouses of military service members. The proposal, published in the Federal Register, would implement an executive order issued by President Bush in September to allow agencies to noncompetitively appoint military spouses...

Defense proposes hiring, promotion flexibilities for NSPS

December 4, 2008 The Defense Department on Wednesday proposed expanding staffing flexibilities available to managers under its new personnel system. The draft regulations, published by Defense and the Office of Personnel Management in the Federal Register, call for modifications to recruitment, hiring and promotion procedures under the National Security Personnel System. The new...

Continuing Care

December 4, 2008 If you are a Federal Employees Health Benefits Program enrollee with a child over age 22, it could pay to consider the SAMBA Health Benefit Plan this open season, which runs through Dec. 8. Traditionally, FEHBP has provided coverage to dependents only until age 22, forcing federal employees to shell...

Blue Cross seeks alternative to health fee hikes

December 3, 2008 Blue Cross Blue Shield is reconsidering a change to its Standard Option plan that substantially increases the fees paid by federal employees who have surgeries performed by out-of-network doctors, a top official with the health carrier said on Wednesday. Stephen Gammarino, senior vice president of national programs for Blue Cross...

Study reveals the success of Pentagon personnel system is unclear

December 1, 2008 It's too early to tell whether the Pentagon's new personnel system has met the department's goals of motivating employees and creating more flexibility in hiring and pay decisions, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office. The report, released on Wednesday, said implementation of the National Security Personnel...

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