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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 trading activity down, officials say

March 17, 2008 Efforts to reduce the amount of trading activity among participants in the Thrift Savings Plan are working, officials said Monday. At a monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, officials said interfund transfers declined significantly in February, largely due to a proposed plan that seeks to discourage frequent ...

Lawmakers seek remedy for GAO pay reform

March 14, 2008 Members of a House subcommittee on Thursday sought remedies for a 2005 pay restructuring at the Government Accountability Office that adversely affected morale and ultimately led to a unionizing effort at the agency. At a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee, members discussed various pieces ...

GSA adjusts per diem rates in six states

March 14, 2008 The General Services Administration has updated the per diem rates for regions in six states. The new seasonal rates are valid through the end of September. The changes will apply to all government travel beginning March 17, according to a Federal Travel Regulation per diem bulletin published last week in ...

Saving Sick Time

March 13, 2008 Legislation introduced Monday would allow more federal employees to cash out their accrued sick leave at retirement, but it may not be the benefit many had hoped. The bill (H.R. 5573), introduced by Rep. James Moran, D-Va., would provide employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System with a one-time payment ...

Legislation would allow more feds to cash out sick leave at retirement

March 10, 2008 A Virginia lawmaker will introduce legislation on Tuesday that will allow more federal employees to cash out their accrued sick leave at retirement. Rep. James Moran, D-Va., said Monday that he planned to introduce a bill that would provide employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System with a one-time payment ...

Nonprofit launches leadership institute for federal managers

March 6, 2008 A nonprofit group announced on Wednesday the start of a leadership training program designed to help the federal government tackle the nation's most pressing challenges. At a reception at Georgetown University, the Partnership for Public Service launched the Annenberg Leadership Institute -- a training laboratory designed to boost the skills ...

House revisits paid leave for federal parents

March 6, 2008 The federal government lags behind the private sector and many industrialized countries by not providing paid parental leave benefits to federal employees, several witnesses told a House subcommittee on Thursday. At a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, several witnesses pledged support for ...

House committee calls for military-civilian pay parity

March 6, 2008 A House committee on Thursday passed a budget resolution that includes a statement in support of pay parity for federal employees and military service members in 2009. The House Budget Committee passed a fiscal 2009 budget blueprint that calls for an equal pay raise for federal employees and military members ...

Union calls for 3.9 percent federal pay increase in 2009

March 4, 2008 The leader of a federal labor union on Tuesday outlined a list of major legislative priorities for 2008, including the approval of a 3.9 percent pay increase for government employees in 2009. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, called on lawmakers to support six major federal employee ...

Riskier TSP funds post losses for February

March 3, 2008 The two most reliable funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted minimal gains in February, while all other funds lost ground. The G Fund, which is made up of short-term Treasury securities specially issued to provide a higher return than inflation without any serious risk from market fluctuations, grew the ...