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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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Transition Threat

March 1, 2008 DHS works to shore up its shrinking executive ranks during the change of administration. Over the past year, Congress and the Homeland Security Department have been entangled in a numbers game. At issue is whether DHS has the leadership capacity to address national security, especially as the newest Cabinet agency ...

Social Security chief calls eliminating backlog a ‘moral imperative’

February 29, 2008 During the last decade, the Social Security Administration has lost 10 percent of its administrative law judges while the number of disability cases awaiting hearings has more than doubled, the agency's top official told Congress on Thursday. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said litigation and budget cuts have reduced the ...

Performance Pay Perils

February 28, 2008 The perils of pay for performance are springing up in the Senior Executive Service's four-year-old salary system, which the Bush administration hopes will become the model for the rest of the federal workforce. At a hearing on Feb. 12, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce ...

The Replacements

February 27, 2008 At the start of this millennium, talk of an impending management crisis began to circulate in federal government. Forecasters said agencies were not equipped to meet a massive wave of retirements slated to surge through 2010. Now, eight years later, many departments still are considered ill-prepared for an exodus of ...

OPM launches electronic retirement system

February 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first phase of a system designed to improve the quality and timeliness of retirement services to federal employees launches Monday, according to officials at the Office of Personnel Management. The initial rollout of the Retirement Systems Modernization project will cover 26,000 employees at the General Services Administration. In the ...

OPM launches electronic retirement system

February 25, 2008 The first phase of a system designed to improve the quality and timeliness of retirement services to federal employees launches Monday, according to officials at the Office of Personnel Management. The initial rollout of the Retirement Systems Modernization project will cover 26,000 employees at the General Services Administration. In the ...

HR council launches training academy

February 22, 2008 A council representing small federal agencies has launched its first-ever training academy for junior human resources staff. The Small Agency Human Resources Council, a voluntary management association that represents more than 90 agencies across government, has launched the first in a series of courses designed to train the personnel staffs ...

TSP tech upgrade progressing, officials say

February 19, 2008 An upgrade to the Thrift Savings Plan's aging information technology systems and capabilities is coming along, said officials overseeing the program on Tuesday. Mark Hagerty, chief information officer for the TSP, said at a monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board that a two-year plan to upgrade the ...

SEC scales back pay-for-performance ambitions

February 15, 2008 The Securities and Exchange Commission is moving more cautiously before using employees' performance reviews as a basis for pay decisions, the agency's executive director said Tuesday. Diego Ruiz told a House subcommittee that the SEC is putting a fresh face on its controversial personnel system, and vowed to implement a ...

Pushing Preferences

February 14, 2008 In his final State of the Union address a couple of weeks ago, President Bush floated the idea of giving military spouses special hiring preference when applying for jobs at civilian federal agencies. Pentagon officials have been quick to move on the concept and reportedly already have met with the ...