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Brittany Ballenstedt

Blogger Reporter Portrait for GovernmentExecutive.com 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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Double Whammy

December 1, 2008 SSA has less staff to provide more retirement services to the public. As 78 million baby boomers near retirement, the Social Security Administration faces double trouble; not only will it have to provide benefit and pension services to this large retiree population, it also must address a retirement wave within ...

Steep Climb

December 1, 2008 With so many pressing issues facing the nation, this transition better go off without a hitch. Gathering storm clouds. Turbulent rapids. Massive mountains. Observers are using many metaphors to describe the unique circumstances surrounding the upcoming transfer of power from President George Bush to President-elect Barack Obama. The United States ...

Extra day off after Christmas likely for feds

November 26, 2008 If history is a guide, there's a good chance President Bush will give federal employees a parting gift: an additional day off around Christmas. Historically, presidents often have granted an extra day or half-day of vacation when the holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday. This year, Christmas is on ...

TSA announces 2009 performance-based payouts

November 25, 2008 More than 30,000 employees under the Transportation Security Administration's new personnel system will receive sizable performance-based pay increases in addition to their regular 2009 raise of 3.9 percent. TSA announced last week that 76 percent of the 40,000 employees working under the Performance Accountability and Standards System will receive performance-based ...

Outlook for public service academy brightens

November 21, 2008 Backers of a public service academy are optimistic that their proposal will gather momentum under President-elect Barack Obama, and possibly even gain approval during the new administration's first year. Chris Myers Asch, one of the architects of the proposal, said the creation of the academy could be a hallmark of ...

Twenty percent of senior executives unprepared for transition

November 20, 2008 One-fifth of Senior Executive Service members have no knowledge of presidential transition activities at their agencies, according to a new survey by the National Academy of Public Administration. The survey results, released on Thursday at the academy's fall meeting, indicated that most senior executives appear to be making traditional preparations ...

Agencies send 'hot lists' of key issues to Obama review teams

November 19, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have put together lists of top policy, management, legal and infrastructure issues for President-elect Barack Obama's agency review teams, a top presidential transition official said on Wednesday. Comment on this article in The Forum.Gail Lovelace, transition director at the General Services Administration, said at a breakfast sponsored by ...

Agencies send ‘hot lists’ of key issues to Obama review teams

November 19, 2008 Federal agencies have put together lists of top policy, management, legal and infrastructure issues for President-elect Barack Obama's agency review teams, a top presidential transition official said on Wednesday. Gail Lovelace, transition director at the General Services Administration, said at a breakfast sponsored by Government Executive that agencies have submitted ...

Merit board links employee engagement and productivity

November 18, 2008 Employees who are fully engaged tend to work in offices that achieve better program results, call in sick less often and stay with their agencies longer, according to a new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report, which is based on results from a 2005 survey of nearly ...

Nonprofits urge Obama to focus on program performance

November 17, 2008 A coalition of good government groups this week will add its wish list to a growing pile of advice for President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress, ranking performance measurement and improvement as top priorities. "Performance must be paramount if governing for excellence is to be attained and replicated," the ...