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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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Gulf Coast hurricanes drain federal charity of resources

September 16, 2008 A group that provides financial assistance to federal employees is close to exhausting its resources as it strives to help victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund officials said that as of Monday, they had distributed more than $100,000 in grant checks to more than ...

White House prepares appointee roadmap for next administration

September 12, 2008 Bush administration officials and the FBI have been in contact with the presidential campaigns of both John McCain and Barack Obama about the importance of filling key politically appointed positions quickly after the election, the administration's top management official said this week. The White House Presidential Personnel Office is developing ...

Hoyer seeks more information on flexible work schedules

September 12, 2008 The House majority leader on Friday sent a letter to the Office of Personnel Management asking for more thorough information about the feasibility of establishing a four-day workweek for federal employees. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., asked OPM acting Director Michael Hager to provide agency-by-agency statistics on how many federal employees ...

GAO: Defense should address employee concerns with personnel system

September 11, 2008 The Defense Department does not have a plan in place to address employee concerns over its fledgling pay-for-performance system, an issue that could affect the project's overall success, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Recent internal surveys show employees under the National Security Personnel System are ...

IRS moves tax processing work back in-house

September 11, 2008 The Internal Revenue Service announced on Friday that it will not renew a multimillion-dollar contract to manage taxpayer files at seven regional tax return processing centers, returning that work to agency employees. Effective Oct. 1, the IRS said it would return work performed since 2006 by Florida-based IAP Worldwide Services ...

Two federal programs snare top public service awards

September 10, 2008 Two federal programs were among the 2008 winners of awards designed to recognize and promote creativity and innovation in the public sector. The intelligence community's civilian joint-duty program and the Transportation Department's global maritime domain awareness program received the Innovations in American Government Award at a Tuesday dinner in Washington, ...

House sends GAO pay bill to President Bush

September 9, 2008 The House on Tuesday approved the final version of legislation that would provide lump-sum payments to Government Accountability Office analysts denied pay increases in 2006 and 2007, moving it to President Bush's desk. The bill (H.R. 5683) would grant back pay to more than 300 GAO analysts whose salaries stayed ...

OPM issues guide to overhauling federal hiring process

September 9, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday launched an initiative designed to streamline the recruitment and hiring processes at federal agencies. The hiring guide, which was developed by OPM and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, aims to simplify the federal hiring process and improve the applicant's experience with it, ...

Nuclear agency sets pace in hiring

September 8, 2008 As interest in nuclear energy started to heat up in 2005, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission braced for change. The demand for electricity was increasing worldwide, and people were looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. A nuclear renaissance was on the way. To many, determining how to meet the rising demand ...

Salary council calls for review of locality pay

September 5, 2008 The Federal Salary Council on Friday agreed to ask the Office of Personnel Management to review locality pay rates nationwide and develop recommendations for the council's Sept. 30 meeting. The move came in response to testimony provided to the council by 14 regions petitioning to be recognized as locality pay ...