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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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GAO to seek input from employees on changes to new pay system

April 10, 2008 The Government Accountability Office is seeking input from its employees on potential changes to its controversial pay-for-performance system next year. In a letter sent to employees on Wednesday, acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said he plans to hold a series of meetings with employees, managers and other stakeholders to discuss...

Fair Trade

April 10, 2008 Federal employee groups are at odds over whether new trading restrictions for the Thrift Savings Plan are in the best interest of the plan's 3.9 million participants. The comment period on a proposal to limit the transfers opened last month. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has recommended allowing participants...

OPM adds substance abuse services to federal health plan

April 8, 2008 Federal employees now will receive expanded coverage under their health plans to receive screening and treatment for substance abuse, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced on Monday. More than 5.6 million federal workers will benefit from the added coverage, under which health plans will reimburse doctors who screen...

Panel approves bill to restore back raises to GAO employees

April 7, 2008 Hundreds of employees at the Government Accountability Office are one step closer to receiving lump-sum payments for pay increases they were denied in 2006 and 2007. The House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee passed legislation on Thursday that would restore raises to more than 300 analysts who were...

OPM touts success of new electronic retirement system

April 3, 2008 A new electronic retirement program is working as planned, and most retirees have received their first annuity payment within 30 days, the Office of Personnel Management said on Monday. The electronic system, known as RetireEZ, launched on Feb. 25 and currently covers 26,000 employees at OPM, the General Services Administration,...

TSP stock funds post losses in March

April 1, 2008 Three funds in the Thrift Savings Plan rose slightly in March, while all other funds lost ground. Fixed-income bonds represented in the 401(k)-style federal employee retirement plan's F Fund experienced the greatest gains last month out of the five basic investment options, rising 0.33 percent. The fund's yearlong growth stood...

Pay Potential

April 1, 2008 Performance-based raises could stifle employees more than motivate them. 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...

GAO questions progress on retirement claims system

March 31, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office again criticized the Office of Personnel Management for a lack of progress on the federal retirement modernization program, according to documents released last week. In a March 28 letter to Congress, GAO said a recent OPM report citing progress on its retirement systems modernization program was...

GAO questions progress on retirement claims system

March 31, 2008 The Government Accountability Office again criticized the Office of Personnel Management for a lack of progress on the federal retirement modernization program, according to documents released last week. In a March 28 letter to Congress, GAO said a recent OPM report citing progress on its retirement systems modernization program was...

National Nuclear Security Administration to launch pay for performance

March 28, 2008 Employees at the National Nuclear Security Administration will become the next group to test pay for performance in government, the agency announced Wednesday. NNSA, the quasi-autonomous agency within the Energy Department, said it is starting a five-year partnership with the Office of Personnel Management to "fundamentally alter" major parts of...

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