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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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Pay reforms said to need scrutiny, care-taking

February 13, 2008 New agency pay-for-performance initiatives are highly vulnerable to bias and need extra evaluation and money to succeed, several witnesses told a House subcommittee on Tuesday. Human capital experts and union representatives pointed to pay systems at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service to make their case ...

GAO, union reach agreement on 2008 pay raises

February 11, 2008 The first-ever labor union at the Government Accountability Office has reached a tentative agreement with management on how the 2008 pay raise will be determined for the agency's 1,800 analysts. Under the agreement, all permanent agency employees who receive a rating of "meets expectations" or higher are guaranteed an overall ...

GAO says Defense workforce plan insufficient

February 8, 2008 The Defense Department's human capital plan is inadequate and could hinder its ability to fill certain mission-critical jobs with qualified personnel, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a letter sent to key members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Wednesday, GAO said the Pentagon was not ...

Extra funds could help Social Security improve claims processing

February 7, 2008 President Bush's fiscal 2009 budget proposal will help the Social Security Administration tackle staffing shortages and a backlog on retirement and disability claims, the agency's commissioner said this week. The president requested $10.3 billion for Social Security's administrative expenses, a $580 million increase over what Congress appropriated in fiscal 2008. ...

Bush seeks repeal of law enforcement benefits for CBP officers

February 6, 2008 The White House wants to repeal a new law that allows Customs and Border Protection officers to retire earlier, according to budget documents released Monday. President Bush included in his fiscal 2009 budget a proposal to scrap recently enacted law enforcement benefits for CBP officers. The administration previously has said ...

Bush seeks 2.9 percent civilian pay raise; 3.4 percent for military

February 4, 2008 President Bush proposed a 2.9 percent pay increase for civilian workers and a 3.4 percent pay boost for military personnel in fiscal 2009, according to budget documents released Monday. The proposed pay raises rebuff calls for military-civilian pay parity from several lawmakers. Last week, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers ...

The Replacements

February 1, 2008 VHA grooms a younger generation to ride out the retirement wave. 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 ...

January a tough month for TSP returns

February 1, 2008 The three riskier funds in the Thrift Savings Plan funds experienced significant setbacks in January. The international investments represented in the 401(k)-style federal employee retirement plan's I Fund experienced the most losses for the month, falling 8.52 percent. But the fund experienced 12-month returns of 0.62 percent. The S Fund, ...

Winners and Losers

January 31, 2008 The new pay-for-performance system at the Defense Department is expected to set the pace for the rest of government for employee performance and improving leadership. And with recent hype surrounding this year's average Defense pay increase, workers governmentwide may no longer find that pace so unsettling. The Pentagon announced last ...

OPM touts success of performance-based pay

January 31, 2008 Federal agencies are using performance-based pay systems to create a results-driven culture, the Office of Personnel Management concluded in a report released this week. The report analyzes various demonstration projects and other pay-for-performance systems that collectively cover more than 298,000 federal employees. "This report shows performance-based pay systems drive improvements ...