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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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...

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...

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....

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...


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...

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...

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...

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...

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