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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Rising Expectations

November 1, 2007 Start of a new union at GAO could change the labor landscape for white-collar feds. 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...

Pentagon to add 75,000 employees to new personnel system

October 31, 2007 The Defense Department is planning to transfer an additional 75,000 nonbargaining unit employees to its new pay-for-performance system, according to an online notice posted Wednesday. The department has been moving its employees to the National Security Personnel System in waves known as spirals. The upcoming round -- Spiral 2 --...

Likely 2009 raise figure comes in at 3.4 percent

October 31, 2007 If history is a guide, federal employees will be in line for a 3.4 percent pay raise in 2009, based on figures released Wednesday by the Labor Department. From September 2006 to September 2007, the change in the Labor Department's Employment Cost Index was 3.4 percent, a figure that President...

Union, law firm partner to pursue reservists' benefit claims

October 30, 2007 The American Federation of Government Employees has teamed up with a New York law firm to help federal employee reservists collect thousands of dollars in back pay. The union and Tully, Rinckey & Associates will co-represent about 10,000 AFGE members who claim they were improperly charged leave for reserve duties,...

E-mail, campus visits found to be effective in recruiting

October 26, 2007 Relatively inexpensive tools such as e-mails and campus visits can attract college students to federal jobs, according to a new report by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. But such outreach would be most effective if coupled with changes to the hiring process itself, the group found. The report, "Making...

Panelists suggest reducing reliance on political appointees

October 25, 2007 The conversion of some political jobs to career positions could help address the federal government's leadership and workforce challenges, three panelists said Wednesday. At a seminar sponsored by the Performance Institute, a think tank with offices in Arlington, Va., panelists noted that placing more career employees in leadership roles could...

Consumer-Driven Care

October 25, 2007 The jury is still out on whether high-deductible health plans are in general a good option for federal employees. But with the open season for benefits elections quickly approaching, it could be helpful to understand and determine whether such a plan is right for you. High-deductible health plans and the...

Rigid pay systems listed among top workforce challenges

October 23, 2007 Rigid pay systems and leadership skills gaps are among the challenges agencies will face as they seek to offset a talent shortage expected over the next decade, top government officials and an outside observer said Tuesday. At a breakfast sponsored by the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and the management...

Lawmakers probe health care staffing shortages at VA

October 19, 2007 In the face of a critical shortage of health care professionals at the Veterans Health Administration, stronger incentives are needed to attract top talent into the workforce, group representatives told a House subcommittee Thursday. "Shortages in health care staff threaten the VHA's ability to provide quality care and treatment to...

CSRS retirees to get 2.3 percent pension increase in 2008

October 17, 2007 Retirees in the Civil Service Retirement System will receive a 2.3 percent boost to their pension checks in 2008. The government unveiled next year's cost-of-living allowance Wednesday. It is based on the change in the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners from the third quarter of one...

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