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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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Bush gives feds extra Christmas holiday

December 6, 2007 President Bush on Thursday ordered executive branch agencies to close on Monday, Dec. 24, giving most federal employees a four-day Christmas weekend. Agency heads still have the authority to order some essential employees to their posts on the day after Christmas, according to Bush's executive order. Historically, presidents have granted ...

Defense recognizes contributions of disabled employees

December 5, 2007 The Defense Department recognized 16 disabled employees Tuesday at an awards ceremony held to celebrate the contributions of disabled workers in federal service. "I'd like to take the chance to describe to you what I think of the word hero," said Army Maj. Daniel Gade, the ceremony's keynote speaker. "Those ...

TSP equity funds post losses for November

December 3, 2007 The most reliable funds in the Thrift Savings Plan made minimal gains for November, while all other funds lost ground. Fixed-income bonds represented in the 401(k)-style federal employee retirement plan's F Fund posted the greatest gains last month out of the five basic investment options, rising 1.88 percent. The fund's ...

Technology Rush

December 1, 2007 Just because it blows you away on screen doesn't mean it will help attract, hire and train the employees your agency needs. As technology transforms how people interact, network and learn, human resources directors, continuing education experts and workforce planners must sift through a torrent of new tools and applications ...

Running the Light

December 1, 2007 The Bush administration has used its traffic-light system to rate agency management since 2001. Now we evaluate the president's progress. "Government likes to begin things-to declare grand new programs and causes. But good beginnings are not the measure of success. What matters in the end is completion. Performance. Results. Not ...

Davis urges IRS to clarify tax benefit for retired safety officers

November 30, 2007 A House lawmaker is pushing the Internal Revenue Service to clarify a provision of federal law that affects federal, state and local retirees who served in public safety roles. In a letter to IRS acting Commissioner Linda Stiff, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., asked the agency to clarify the definition of ...

Limited Trading

November 29, 2007 Officials overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan announced last week that they would begin placing restrictions on the number of interfund transfers that participants can conduct each month. And while they tout the restrictions as in the best interest of the plan, many participants do not seem to be warming to ...

Mileage reimbursement could hit all-time high in 2008

November 28, 2007 The rate at which agencies reimburse federal employees who use their own cars for work could go up by two cents in January, if the government continues its pattern of following the Internal Revenue Service's rates. The IRS announced Tuesday that beginning on Jan. 1, 2008, the standard rate used ...

President issues plan to limit pay raise to 3 percent next year

November 28, 2007 President Bush moved Wednesday to limit the locality-based increase for white-collar federal civilian employees to 0.5 percent next year, bringing the total overall increase to an average of 3 percent. Under federal law, the president has until the end of November to propose an alternative to pay levels set under ...

OPM authorizes retention bonuses for agencies facing restructuring

November 26, 2007 Federal agencies that are relocating or closing offices now have the authority to offer retention bonuses to employees likely to move to other federal jobs, according to a new rule issued by the Office of Personnel Management. The rule, published on Nov. 16 in the Federal Register, offers additional flexibilities ...