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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: Patent office lacks sufficient hiring plan

October 5, 2007 The Patent and Trademark Office lacks a sufficient plan for hiring more examiners to handle an increase in the volume and complexity of patent applications, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Over the past five years, PTO primarily has based hiring on available funding and its ...

TSP funds make strong gains in September

October 3, 2007 The three riskiest funds in the Thrift Savings Plan performed well last month, with international investments posting the largest monthly gain yet this year. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, grew 5.36 percent. September's growth brought the fund's 12-month gains to 24.96 percent -- also the highest increase ...

Salary council finds widening pay gap

October 3, 2007 Federal employees make an average of 23 percent less than their private sector counterparts, the Federal Salary Council announced Wednesday. The body, an independent group of salary experts, employee representatives and federal officials that makes determinations each year on the allocations of locality pay, said at its annual meeting that ...

Senate moves to restrict Defense personnel overhaul

October 2, 2007 The Senate on Monday approved language that would limit the implementation of a controversial personnel system at the Defense Department, and authorized a 3.5 percent 2008 pay raise for members of the military. The Senate voted 92-3 in favor of the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill, which would repeal the ...

Union urges Congress to address staff shortages at prisons

October 1, 2007 Congress must work to ensure that the Bureau of Prisons is adequately staffed to handle a serious increase in the inmate population, labor union officials said Monday. The security of federal prisons has been put at risk from budget setbacks and a staffing plan implemented three years ago by former ...

Offsetting Debt

September 27, 2007 Major student loan legislation affecting civil servants is slated to take effect next week, but it may not be the benefit some employees hoped for. The College Cost Reduction Act, which President Bush is expected to sign Thursday, will forgive outstanding debt for employees who have made 10 years of ...

TSA to modify screener pay system

September 27, 2007 The Transportation Security Administration is planning to alter its pay-for-performance system in 2008, citing employee feedback as the driver for improvements. The agency plans to make changes to its Performance and Accountability Standards System, which ties transportation security officers' annual pay increases and bonuses to job performance. "We just implemented ...

IRS hires firm to review performance pay for managers

September 25, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service has hired an outside consultant to assess whether pay changes have made a difference in the hiring and retention of managers. KnowledgeBank, a human resources consulting firm based in McLean, Va., will review the IRS system, established in 2001 for senior and departmental managers, to determine ...

GAO analysts vote for union representation

September 20, 2007 Analysts at the Government Accountability Office voted Wednesday to unionize, marking a first in the watchdog agency's 86-year history. The analysts backed union representation from the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers by a vote of 897-445. More than 74 percent of the 1,800 eligible analysts at headquarters and ...

Defense labor relations reforms waiting on Congress

September 19, 2007 The Defense Department is holding off on implementing the labor relations portions of its new personnel system, at least until pending legislation that could affect the system is completed, a top personnel official said Tuesday. Mary Lacey, program executive officer for the National Security Personnel System, said the department will ...