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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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IRS makes mid-year adjustment to mileage reimbursement rate

June 24, 2008 The rate agencies use to reimburse federal employees who use their own cars for work could go up by 8 cents, if the government continues its pattern of using the Internal Revenue Service figures. The IRS announced on Tuesday that beginning July 1, the standard rate used to calculate the ...

VA employees to test out pay for performance

June 23, 2008 The Veterans Affairs Department is launching a pilot project that will replace the decades-old General Schedule pay system with one that more closely ties pay to performance. On June 18, VA announced that it would place 150 employees at the Veterans Health Administration under a pilot pay-for-performance system for at ...

Pay It Forward

June 19, 2008 As the nation gears up for the first presidential transition in eight years, architects of a major personnel transformation at the Defense Department are working to ensure their efforts to link pay to performance sustain the reforms and gain the support of leaders in the new administration. Congress created the ...

House passes paid parental leave bill

June 19, 2008 The House on Thursday passed legislation that would institute a paid parental leave policy for all federal employees. The House voted 278-146 to pass H.R. 5781, which would provide four weeks of paid maternal or paternal leave for the birth or adoption of a child. It would, for the first ...

House panel approves 3.9 percent civilian pay raise

June 17, 2008 A House panel late Monday gave its approval to a bill that would give 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 House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee approved the ...

House panel backs retirement benefits boost for border officers

June 13, 2008 Rejecting a White House proposal, a House subcommittee this week approved additional funding for enhanced retirement benefits for Customs and Border Protection officers. The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, taking up the fiscal 2009 Homeland Security appropriations bill, voted to grant $217 million to continue a law enforcement officer benefits ...

Agencies urged to hire ex-offenders

June 11, 2008 The government should do more to assure individuals with criminal records that they are not barred from certain types of federal employment, lawmakers said on Tuesday. At a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, members of Congress said hiring ex-offenders could help many ...

Union calls for investigation into TSA turnover

June 6, 2008 The leader of a federal labor union called on Congress on Wednesday to investigate whether new pay and personnel policies at the Transportation Security Administration have contributed to rising attrition rates at the agency. Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, pointed to a May report by ...

Home Sweet Home

June 5, 2008 Federal employees are now one step closer to being able to perform their jobs from home, or from a satellite office closer to home, a few days each month. The House approved legislation (H.R. 4106) on Tuesday that would require agencies to develop a program to allow employees to telework ...

Proposal would give agencies more flexibility in processing EEO complaints

June 3, 2008 Federal agencies would be able to launch pilot projects testing alternate methods for processing equal employment opportunity complaints under a draft regulation the agency issued on Monday. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission voted unanimously at a June 2 meeting to revise how federal employee complaints are processed. The draft rule ...