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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Health Plan Checkup

November 13, 2008 The annual open season for federal benefits elections started on Monday, and given the recent spike in premiums and the introduction of new coverage options, it may be wise to weigh alternatives to your current plan. During an online seminar hosted by Government Executive, Walton Francis, author of Consumer's Checkbook...

Executives association reaches out to Obama administration

November 12, 2008 The Senior Executives Association on Wednesday released tips on how President-elect Barack Obama can win over high-level career employees. The paper, "A Message to the 44th President: Meeting Your Objectives Through Partnership With the Career Executive Service," gives the incoming administration advice on how to form a good relationship with...

Rule change paves way for quicker promotions

November 11, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management recently issued a final rule that will allow some General Schedule employees to climb the career ladder faster. The rule, published in the Federal Register on Nov. 7, does away with the one-year time-in-grade requirement for promotions for employees at or above the GS-5 level....

Employee groups lay out priorities for next president, Congress

November 7, 2008 Federal employee advocates are optimistic that Democrats' gains in Tuesday's election will give them a wide opening to repeal Defense Department pay reforms and advance benefits legislation. Employee representatives acknowledged several victories since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago, but noted that the party's slim majority in the...

Union hardens its stance on Pentagon personnel system

November 6, 2008 The American Federation of Government Employees said on Wednesday that it plans to seek arbitration or file a lawsuit against the Pentagon's pay-for-performance system. In a conference call with reporters, AFGE President John Gage said the union was weighing its options for challenging some of the final regulations issued in...

Goals for Giving

November 6, 2008 Almost 50 years after President John F. Kennedy signed a 1961 executive order that gave rise to the largest charity drive in the world, the Combined Federal Campaign boasts more than $6 billion in donations. And despite today's economic challenges, officials are hoping for continued success in this year's campaign,...

Obama win reignites push to organize airport screeners

November 5, 2008 Democrat Barack Obama's victory in the presidential election on Tuesday has spurred federal labor unions to renew efforts to organize employees at the Transportation Security Administration. Representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees and National Treasury Employees Union said that their top priority under the Obama administration will be...

Feds denied extra hours off to vote

November 3, 2008 The acting director of the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday denied a request to give federal employees two additional hours of excused absence to vote on Election Day. Federal agencies already have authority to grant an excused absence for federal employees, "including the ability to adjust policies to circumstances...

Goals for Giving

November 1, 2008 The CFC appeals to employees and eases the donation process online. Almost 50 years after President John F. Kennedy signed a 1961 executive order that gave rise to the largest charity drive in the world, the Combined Federal Campaign boasts more than $6 billion in donations. And despite today's economic...

Lawmakers push to give feds an extra two hours off to vote

October 31, 2008 Two Virginia congressmen on Thursday asked the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management to give federal employees two additional hours of excused absence to vote on Election Day. In a letter to acting OPM Director Michael Hager, Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and James Moran, D-Va., asked the personnel...

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