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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OPM projects potential locality pay rates

October 17, 2007 Congress and the Bush administration still haven't reached an agreement on what next year's pay raise should be for white-collar federal workers. President Bush wants a 3 percent raise; the House and Senate have moved in the direction of a 3.5 percent increase. Either way, the overall pay increase federal...

House panel questions benefits for deployed civilians

October 17, 2007 Members of a House subcommittee on Tuesday probed whether non-Defense agencies are providing adequate incentives and benefits to encourage civilian employees to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. At a hearing before the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, witnesses from the Agriculture, Justice, State and Treasury departments and the...

Lawmakers urge Pentagon to hold off on new pay policy

October 16, 2007 Three House lawmakers are urging the Pentagon to ensure that employees working under a new personnel system receive the compensation next year that they anticipated. In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., Frank Wolf, R-Va., and James Moran, D-Va., expressed concern over a new policy...

TSP officials note major growth in plan

October 15, 2007 Assets in the Thrift Savings Plan grew $6.4 billion in September, the largest increase this year, officials with the retirement savings program said Monday. At a monthly Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting, officials overseeing the 401(k)-style plan said last month's growth brought total assets to $231 billion. September's growth...

Switch to new TSP account numbers prompts concern

October 11, 2007 The Thrift Savings Plan on Monday began requiring enrollees to identify themselves using new account numbers rather than Social Security numbers, prompting concern from some participants who say they have not received or have lost the new numbers. TSP Legislative Director Tom Trabucco said Thursday that plan officials have sent...

Pay Portions

October 11, 2007 Last week, the Federal Salary Council recommended an across-the-board pay raise of at least 2.5 percent for 2008. But even assuming that suggestion is followed, there's a lot more to the pay equation. Your overall pay boost will depend on where you live. That's because in addition to the 2.5...

Merit board proposes new rules for DHS cases

October 10, 2007 The Merit Systems Protection Board issued a proposed rule last week outlining how it will handle the adjudication of cases arising from the Homeland Security Department's new personnel system. The rule, published in the Federal Register Friday, seeks to streamline the process by which department employees can appeal disciplinary actions...

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...

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...

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...

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