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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Panelists say workforce issues will gain momentum under next president

July 24, 2008 The creation of the chief human capital officer role at federal agencies demonstrates the importance of personnel issues, an area that will continue to gain momentum in the next administration, panelists said Tuesday at a breakfast sponsored by Government Executive. "The [chief financial officer] legislation was passed many years ago...

Federal employee union launches public service campaign

July 23, 2008 The National Treasury Employees Union on Wednesday launched its first-ever public service campaign aimed at dispelling negative stereotypes and increasing the visibility of government work. The "Federal Employees… They Work for U.S." campaign centers around television and radio public service announcements that describe the broad range of careers that can...

No spike in TSP loans, withdrawals despite weak economy

July 21, 2008 Thrift Savings Plan participants are not taking out more loans or withdrawing money from their accounts because of the weak economy, the plan's executive director said on Monday. At a monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, Executive Director Gregory Long pointed to a Senate Special Committee on...

HR leaders have transition on their minds

July 18, 2008 Federal human resources leaders face somewhat different challenges than they did one year ago, a change that is attributed largely to a pending change in administration, an authority on the federal workforce said on Wednesday. Katie Malague, senior program manager for the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, said chief human...

Racing the Clock

July 17, 2008 It's only July, but federal employees already are looking forward to the pay boost they may see come January. The House and Senate Appropriations committees have passed their versions of the fiscal 2009 financial services spending bill, which contains the federal pay hike. Both versions would grant federal civilian employees...

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...

Ruling expands veterans' access to federal jobs

July 15, 2008 A recent decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board could open hundreds of law enforcement and other jobs to veterans who previously bumped up against age restrictions during the application process. MSPB ruled on July 2 that the State Department must waive maximum entry age requirements for veterans applying to...

Up With People

July 15, 2008 Four years after Congress created the chief human capital officer position in agencies, those with the job finally feel welcome. Federal human resources executives have long been considered paper pushers. While the government often touts people as its greatest asset, few agencies have viewed human resources professionals as true strategic...

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...

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