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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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Second Chances

August 1, 2008 A lawmaker is on a mission to convince the government to hire more ex-offenders. With more than 9,000 people leaving Maryland's prison system annually and returning to Baltimore, programs to keep ex-offenders from slipping back into their old habits are critical. One such program, launched in 2005, brings nonviolent former ...

Life Investment

July 31, 2008 On Aug. 1, the Thrift Savings Plan will celebrate the three-year anniversary of its newest investment offering: the life-cycle (L) funds. The L funds are a blend of the five basic TSP funds -- international stocks, small and large domestic stocks, government securities, and fixed-income bonds -- that automatically shift ...

House backs new FERS sick leave policy

July 31, 2008 The House passed a measure on Wednesday that would grant federal employees hired since 1984 the same benefit as their counterparts in an older retirement system: credit for unused sick leave in their pension calculations. Currently, employees covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (generally those hired in 1984 or ...

MSPB: Competitive hiring on the decline

July 29, 2008 Federal agencies are turning less often to the traditional competitive hiring process to fill white-collar positions, potentially hurting the government's ability to achieve a diverse workforce, according to a new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report, released last week, found that managers used competitive examining for 28 ...

Panelists say workforce issues will gain momentum under next president

July 24, 2008 The creation of the chief human capital officer role at federal agencies demonstrates the importance of personnel issues, an area that will continue to gain momentum in the next administration, panelists said Tuesday at a breakfast sponsored by Government Executive. "The [chief financial officer] legislation was passed many years ago ...

Federal employee union launches public service campaign

July 23, 2008 The National Treasury Employees Union on Wednesday launched its first-ever public service campaign aimed at dispelling negative stereotypes and increasing the visibility of government work. The "Federal Employees… They Work for U.S." campaign centers around television and radio public service announcements that describe the broad range of careers that can ...

No spike in TSP loans, withdrawals despite weak economy

July 21, 2008 Thrift Savings Plan participants are not taking out more loans or withdrawing money from their accounts because of the weak economy, the plan's executive director said on Monday. At a monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, Executive Director Gregory Long pointed to a Senate Special Committee on ...

HR leaders have transition on their minds

July 18, 2008 Federal human resources leaders face somewhat different challenges than they did one year ago, a change that is attributed largely to a pending change in administration, an authority on the federal workforce said on Wednesday. Katie Malague, senior program manager for the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, said chief human ...

Racing the Clock

July 17, 2008 It's only July, but federal employees already are looking forward to the pay boost they may see come January. The House and Senate Appropriations committees have passed their versions of the fiscal 2009 financial services spending bill, which contains the federal pay hike. Both versions would grant federal civilian employees ...

Up With People

July 15, 2008 Four years after Congress created the chief human capital officer position in agencies, those with the job finally feel welcome. Federal human resources executives have long been considered paper pushers. While the government often touts people as its greatest asset, few agencies have viewed human resources professionals as true strategic ...