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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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Study: agencies should capitalize on strengths to attract mid-level hires

March 27, 2008 Federal service has strengths that agencies can capitalize on to attract highly skilled mid-level workers, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Merit Systems Protection Board. The study found that upper-level new hires hold favorable views of their agencies compared with their previous employers. Contributing factors included more...

TSA makes more modifications to screener pay system

March 27, 2008 The Transportation Security Administration will make additional modifications to its controversial pay-for-performance system, the agency's top official said Tuesday. In an e-mail to employees, TSA Administrator Kip Hawley said the agency's Performance and Accountability Standards System, which launched in 2006, has become "far too complicated" and has "distracted the workforce...

Healthy Choice?

March 27, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management wants to expand high-deductible health plans for the 2009 federal benefits season, but it's debatable whether such plans are more beneficial than comprehensive offerings. The Bush administration has championed high-deductible plans and the savings accounts that accompany them as a potential solution to escalating health...

Generations are in sync on quality of work life, says panel

March 25, 2008 Despite some well-documented generational differences, baby boomers and millennials essentially need the same thing from their federal jobs: strong leadership and flexible pay. To combat the retirement wave now cresting in agencies and retain a diverse workforce, the federal government needs to focus on leadership, pay and hiring reform, panelists...

OPM seeks enhanced hearing benefits in federal health plan

March 21, 2008 The Office of Personnel Management is calling on federal health insurance carriers to begin offering enhanced hearing benefits to adults. In its annual "call letter," sent on March 11, OPM encouraged insurance carriers under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program to boost insurance coverage for adults who have hearing problems...

Millennials heighten information security concerns

March 20, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new generation of tech-savvy employees could make it difficult for the government to implement risk management policies related to information technology, according to a study released Wednesday by IT security firm Symantec. Comment on this article in the Forum.The study found that millennial workers, or those born after 1980,...

Younger employees present challenge to information security, study shows

March 20, 2008 The new generation of tech-savvy employees could make it difficult for the government to implement risk management policies related to information technology, according to a study released Wednesday by IT security firm Symantec. The study found that millennial workers, or those born after 1980, have more lax attitudes regarding technology...

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...

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...

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...

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