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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Memo to the next prez: Gen ‘Y’ is ready and willing to serve

May 6, 2008 Roughly one-third of young adults seriously would consider a career in public service if asked by a parent or the next president of the United States, according to survey results released Tuesday by the Gallup Organization. Of the respondents, 60 percent under the age of 30 reported that they hadn't...

Civil service honored with weeklong events in Washington

May 5, 2008 The work of federal, state and local civilian and military employees nationwide will be recognized this week. Public Service Recognition Week, held annually since 1985 during the first full week of May, is designed to educate citizens about the many ways in which government serves them. Official events run from...

TSP posts solid returns in April

May 2, 2008 International investments, the riskiest fund option in the Thrift Savings Plan, led the pack for earnings in April, while only fixed-income bonds lost ground. The international, or I Fund, which invests in stocks in Europe, Australia and some countries in Asia, grew the most, at 5.55 percent in April. The...

Pay disparities hamper efforts to deploy civilians to war zones

May 1, 2008 Federal agencies are not providing adequate or equitable compensation to workers who volunteer for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new report by a House subcommittee. The report, issued by the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, found that there are both real and perceived differences in...

Imperfect Justice

May 1, 2008 The Justice Department has embraced a grass-roots program to reform its approach to crime and punishment. An important goal of the American criminal justice system is rehabilitation. The system expects most-though not all-offenders to learn from their mistakes and become productive members of society. So why shouldn't government managers who...

TSP chief urges Congress to back automatic employee enrollment

April 30, 2008 A large number of federal employees are not opting into the Thrift Savings Plan, an issue that could damage their retirement security, the head of the board that oversees the plan told a House subcommittee on Tuesday. At a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Government Reform Federal...

Leader of Defense pay system overhaul to leave post

April 29, 2008 The head of a major pay and personnel transformation at the Defense Department will become a deputy program director at the Missile Defense Agency, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has announced. Mary Lacey, program executive officer for the National Security Personnel System, will become deputy program director of aegis...

Pay Potential

April 23, 2008 A new pay-for-performance system at the Defense Department is expected to set the pace for the rest of federal government in boosting productivity and leadership. It remains to be seen, however, whether annual pay increases will be enough to motivate and keep valued employees. In January, the Pentagon announced that...

Retirement Made EZ

April 17, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management plans to make retirement EZ for federal employees this summer. At a media briefing last week, Reginald Brown, director of modernization for OPM, said a tool that enables employees to calculate different annuity scenarios and process their retirement online will be available to some by...

Union opposes nomination of Treasury official to IRS board

April 15, 2008 A federal labor union is opposing the nomination of the Treasury Department's fiscal assistant secretary to serve as the designated representative of Internal Revenue Service employees on the agency's oversight board. In an April 11 letter, the National Treasury Employees Union asked President Bush to withdraw the nomination of Kenneth...

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