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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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TSP’s market funds bloom in May

June 2, 2008 Small and common stocks, two of the riskier fund options in the Thrift Savings Plan, led earnings in May, while fixed-income bonds lost ground. The S Fund, which invests in the stocks of small- and mid-size U.S. companies, grew the most of the five funds, at 4.88 percent last month. ...

OPM suspension of electronic retirement calculator blamed on contractor shortcomings

May 30, 2008 Office of Personnel Management officials said on Friday that they told a contractor to stop working on a portion of a new electronic retirement system for federal employees because of a "lack of satisfactory performance" in creating, developing and maintaining an electronic retirement calculator. Ronald Flom, OPM's senior procurement executive, ...

OPM suspends portion of contract for electronic retirement system

May 29, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management has suspended a portion of a 10-year, $290 million contract awarded to Hewitt Associates to create a new electronic retirement system. OPM decided late Wednesday to suspend part of a contract with Hewitt, a human resources consulting company based in Lincolnshire, Ill., to develop the ...

OPM suspends portion of contract for electronic retirement system

May 29, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management has suspended a portion of a 10-year, $290 million contract awarded to Hewitt Associates to create a new electronic retirement system. Comment on this article in The Forum.OPM decided late Wednesday to suspend part of a contract with Hewitt, a human resources consulting company based ...

Pentagon issues regulations applying federal labor relations rules to pay system

May 27, 2008 The Defense Department has released proposed regulations that would require its controversial pay-for-performance system to operate under governmentwide labor relations rules. The draft regulations, published by Defense and the Office of Personnel Management in the Federal Register, call for modifications to the National Security Personnel System as mandated by the ...

Pay Day

May 22, 2008 Under the House version of the fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill, which passed at the committee level last week, military members would receive a guaranteed pay raise of 0.5 percent above the Labor Department's Employment Cost Index from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2013. The provision, if passed by Congress and ...

OPM calls for end to pension penalty for rehired retirees

May 21, 2008 Allowing federal retirees to return to work without an offset to their pensions could help address many of the government's future workforce challenges, the Office of Personnel Management told a House subcommittee on Tuesday. Nancy Kichak, associate director of strategic human resources policy at OPM, told the House Oversight and ...

Millennials express strong support for public service academy

May 20, 2008 A new poll conducted by SocialSphere Strategies in Cambridge, Mass., found that 57 percent of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 "likely" would consider applying to a public service academy, with 19 percent saying they would "very likely" do so. Among respondents, men, minorities and Southerners were ...

Agencies invest more money in student loan repayments in 2007

May 16, 2008 Federal agencies provided more than $42 million in student loan repayment benefits to employees in 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. From fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2007, there was a 15 percent increase in the number of federal employees receiving student loan repayment ...

Intelligence community to launch pay for performance system

May 15, 2008 The Office of the Director of National Intelligence will begin implementing a common pay-for-performance system across the 16 intelligence agencies in September, DNI Mike McConnell said at a briefing on Thursday. During the next year, 10 of the 16 intelligence agencies will be implementing the new system, known as the ...