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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House passes stopgap measure with 3.9 percent pay raise

September 24, 2008 The House on Wednesday approved a bill granting civilian federal employees a 2009 pay raise of 3.9 percent. The chamber voted for the raise as part of the fiscal 2009 Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 2638) funding government through March 2009. The adjustment is 1 percentage...

Agencies spend more money on personnel flexibilities in 2007

September 23, 2008 Federal agencies paid more than $200 million in bonuses last year to recruit, retain and relocate employees, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The report, released Monday, found that 41 agencies paid $207 million in recruitment, retention and relocation incentives in 2007, with an average...

Presidential campaigns urged to prepare for DHS transition

September 19, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Neither presidential campaign has contacted the Homeland Security Department about critical transition issues, and that oversight could heighten the country's vulnerability to a terrorist attack, the department's top management official said on Thursday. Comment on this article in The Forum.Elaine Duke, undersecretary for management at DHS, said the department is...

Presidential campaigns urged to prepare for DHS transition

September 19, 2008 Neither presidential campaign has contacted the Homeland Security Department about critical transition issues, and that oversight could heighten the country's vulnerability to a terrorist attack, the department's top management official said on Thursday. Elaine Duke, undersecretary for management at DHS, said the department is working to prepare itself for the...

FDA hires 1,300 new doctors and scientists

September 19, 2008 Food and Drug Administration officials announced earlier this week that they met a goal of hiring more than 1,300 medical personnel and scientists by the end of the fiscal year, marking the agency's largest expansion since the period after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The agency added 1,317 employees...

Car-Free Feds

September 18, 2008 If you're a federal employee who wants to reduce your dependence on vehicles, then Sept. 22 is a great day to start. Monday will mark the second annual Car-Free Day, an international event that encourages people to get around without their cars and highlights telework as well as mass transit,...

Top-notch civil servants lauded at black-tie gala

September 17, 2008 Federal employees whose work has helped make the world safer, healthier and greener were honored at a black-tie dinner in Washington on Tuesday. The winners of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service's seventh annual Service to America medals came from eight agencies, and were recognized for their achievements in renewable...

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...

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