Brittany Ballenstedt

Blogger Reporter Portrait for 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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TSP to restrict interfund transfers

November 19, 2007 Citing escalating trading costs, officials overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan are preparing to restrict the number of interfund transfers that participants can conduct each month. At the monthly Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting on Monday, officials overseeing the 401(k)-style plan said they would begin allowing participants only two interfund...

High court extends deadline for appeal of Defense personnel system

November 14, 2007 The U.S. Supreme Court has allotted a federal labor union more time to weigh an appeal against the Defense Department's new personnel system. The American Federation of Government Employees now has until Jan. 7, 2008, to file an appeal with the high court challenging a lower court's ruling allowing implementation...

Federal agencies called unprepared for future wave of retirements

November 12, 2007 Most federal managers are not placing enough priority on workforce issues, specifically in preserving the knowledge and skills of employees nearing retirement, according to a new report by global technology firm Tandberg. The report, "See: The Future of Government," found that agencies are not prepared to pass on the knowledge...

Employees urged to weigh a switch in health plans

November 9, 2007 Many popular plans in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program may no longer be the best choices for 2008, given premium and benefit changes and the introduction of new coverage options, according to the author of a guide on federal employee health plans. In an online seminar hosted by Government...

Sick Leave Saga

November 8, 2007 Two lawmakers are gearing up to reward certain federal employees for staying healthy and honest. When employees covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System leave service, they do not receive the same benefit as their Civil Service Retirement System counterparts -- the ability to turn unused sick leave into a...

Senators urged to overturn Social Security provisions affecting federal retirees

November 7, 2007 Several witnesses once again made the trek to Capitol Hill Tuesday to make the case that two provisions of Social Security law treat federal employees unfairly and should be repealed. At a hearing before the Senate Finance Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy subcommittee, witnesses called attention to the impact...

Rising Expectations

November 7, 2007 More than a year ago, about 20 employees from the Government Accountability Office began meeting in the basement of Holy Rosary Church in Washington, charting their plans to bring in the first union in the agency's 86-year history. On Sept. 19, the plan came to fruition. Out of an eligible...

DHS touts success in senior-level hiring

November 5, 2007 The Homeland Security Department hired above and beyond its projected targets for fiscal 2007 and increased its leadership capacity by 17 percent, the agency's top personnel official said Friday. Marta Brito Perez, chief human capital officer for DHS, said in an interview with Government Executive that the department added more...

TSP funds boast strong gains in October

November 1, 2007 October was another sound month for federal employee Thrift Savings Plan investments, with all of the funds earning increases. None of the five basic funds offered as part of the $231 billion 401(k)-style retirement savings plan lost ground last month. The international (I) fund continued to be the star earner,...

Pilot project on handling veterans’ employment complaints called inconclusive

November 1, 2007 A demonstration project designed to study which of two federal agencies is better suited to investigate military service members' complaints about their federal employment rights was inconclusive and merits further review, members of a Senate committee said Wednesday. Congress created the demonstration project in 2004 after criticism from several Guard...

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