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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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...

Long-Term Considerations

September 4, 2008 If you're planning to sign up for federal long-term care insurance, the Office of Personnel Management is asking you to weigh some important changes that could occur in spring 2009. OPM has contracts with John Hancock Life Insurance Co. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for the program, which provides assistance...

OPM criticizes proposal for a compressed work week

September 3, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management opposes a proposal by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to create a four-day, 40-hour work week for federal employees. A compressed schedule would hurt the government's ability to provide essential services and weaken national security, OPM acting Director Michael Hager wrote in a letter to...

Small and common stocks top August TSP earnings

September 2, 2008 Small and common stocks, two of the riskier fund options in the Thrift Savings Plan, led earnings in August, while international investments lost ground. The S Fund, which invests in the stocks of small- and mid-size U.S. companies, grew the most in August, at 2.17 percent. The fund tracks the...

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