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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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OPM director to resign

July 15, 2008 The director of the Office of Personnel Management announced on Tuesday that she will leave in mid-August for a job in the private sector. OPM Director Linda Springer announced in an e-mail to employees that she will leave Aug. 13 for the private sector, though she did not give specifics ...

Postal Service starts discussions on early retirement offers

July 11, 2008 The U.S. Postal Service has started meeting with unions to discuss the voluntary early retirements it expects to offer at least 20,000 clerks and mail handlers in response to a decreasing volume of mail, an agency spokesman said Thursday. Representatives from the American Postal Workers Union met with USPS officials ...

Senate panel approves 3.9 percent civilian pay raise

July 9, 2008 A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday approved a bill granting civilian federal employees a 2009 pay raise of 3.9 percent, a figure equal to the adjustment already authorized by the House for military service members. The Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee voted for the civilian raise as part ...

Border officers get retirement benefits boost

July 7, 2008 A measure that took effect on Sunday will grant more than 18,000 Customs and Border Protection officers enhanced retirement benefits. The provision, passed by Congress late last year as part of a catchall spending bill, gives CBP officers law enforcement status, increasing their pension benefits and allowing them to retire ...

Researchers downplay generational differences

July 7, 2008 Editor's Note: The full version of this article appears in the July 1 issue of Government Executive. To read the full story click here. If you've thought about the federal workforce at all in the past eight years, you know, as singer and songwriter Sam Cooke sang, "A change is ...

Advocates outline plan to protect whistleblower rights

July 3, 2008 The president should create an office to focus on government transparency and ensure federal agencies are fully protecting the rights of whistleblowers, recommended several panelists at a conference in late June. The conference on whistleblower rights was sponsored by the Government Accountability Project and American University's Washington College of Law. ...

De-Generation

July 1, 2008 From the greatest to the latest generation, federal employees are more alike than they realize. If you've thought about the federal workforce at all in the past eight years, you know, as singer and songwriter Sam Cooke sang, "A change is gonna come." As baby boomers reach retirement age, the ...

Bring ’Em Back

July 1, 2008 Proposal would lift annuity offset to attract retirees to agencies in need. Recruitment and retention of younger workers is imperative to offsetting a potential retirement tsunami across the federal workforce during the next few years. But the Bush administration believes another generation also should be targeted as part of the ...

Report provides roadmap for first Homeland Security transition

June 27, 2008 Identifying and filling critical positions, training new executives and working aggressively to get the next presidential team on board are critical steps for a smooth transition at the Homeland Security Department, according to a new report by the National Academy of Public Administration. The 118-page report, requested by DHS and ...

House appropriators approve 3.9 percent civilian pay raise

June 25, 2008 A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill granting civilian federal employees a 2009 pay raise of 3.9 percent. The House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the raise as part of the fiscal 2009 financial services and general government appropriations bill. The adjustment is 1 percent higher than the ...