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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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Common stocks lead August TSP earnings

September 5, 2007 Common stocks in the Thrift Savings Plan made the strongest gains for August, while only international investments -- the leader for yearlong growth -- lost ground. The C Fund, which tracks Standard & Poor's 500 Index of stocks in the largest domestic companies, gained 1.54 percent last month. That increase ...

Presidential candidates back stronger whistleblower protections

September 4, 2007 Nine presidential candidates have pledged support for pending legislation to enhance protections for federal employees who expose weaknesses or fraud in government programs, according to survey results released Monday by a whistleblower support group. Seven Democratic candidates and two Republicans said in response to a survey by the Washington-based National ...

Reserve Returns

August 30, 2007 If you are an active or retired federal employee who took military leave for reserve activities, you may be entitled to annual leave or thousands of dollars in back pay. In a major decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the Merit Systems ...

Hackers steal info on users of federal job site

August 30, 2007 Hackers have stolen the names and contact information of about 146,000 job seekers on the USAJOBS Web site, the Office of Personnel Management revealed Wednesday. Hackers gained access to subscribers' names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers through the resume database maintained by Monster.com, the technology provider for USAJOBS, OPM said. ...

IRS seeks strategy to recruit, retain employees

August 28, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service must develop strategies for retaining employees to offset a looming staffing shortage due to retirements over the next four years, a panel of agency overseers declared last week. Members of the IRS Oversight Board, which met on Aug. 15, said human capital issues represent a major ...

Employee groups praise Gonzales -- for leaving

August 27, 2007 Federal employee groups and government officials praised Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' decision to resign Monday, saying it is the first step to restoring credibility to a department that has been plagued with low employee morale and political pressure under his leadership. "Gonzales' resignation was inevitable," said John Gage, president of ...

OPM proposes new rules for electronic retirement system

August 24, 2007 The Office of Personnel Management has issued a proposal aimed at accommodating changes associated with implementing its new electronic retirement record-keeping system. The proposed rules, published last week in the Federal Register, would authorize alternative methods for processing retirement, health and life insurance applications, notices, elections, and other records under ...

Benefits Bills

August 23, 2007 There's little action right now in the area of potential legislative changes to federal pay and benefits, since Congress has adjourned for its August recess. But it can't hurt to check in on some pending legislation that could affect your checkbook if it advances when lawmakers return. H.R. 1110 This ...

OPM unveils technology to speed security clearance processing

August 21, 2007 Completed background investigations for security clearances will be sent via electronic transfer under a pilot project initiated by the Office of Personnel Management. Under the pilot, OPM, which conducts 95 percent of background investigations, will electronically deliver the results of such reviews to the Army Central Personnel Security Clearance Facility ...

Officials to shore up TSP against transaction influxes

August 20, 2007 The current system that processes transactions under the Thrift Savings Plan is capable of handling increased activity from market fluctuations, but will need to be updated, TSP officials said Monday. At a monthly Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting, officials overseeing the 401(k)-style retirement plan said that increased volatility in ...