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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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Continuing Coverage

August 16, 2007 Federal employees may find themselves shelling out a lot more money for health insurance if their children don't secure their own coverage by the time they reach their early 20s. That's because the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program only provides insurance to dependents until they turn 22. "Young adults are ...

Ditching Debt

August 9, 2007 Student loan repayment programs are an excellent perk attached to pursuing public service -- if agencies choose to use them, that is. Some agencies use loan repayment as a tool to lure talented workers into government jobs and keep them there. Since 2002, agencies have had the authority to grant ...

House backs full collective bargaining rights at Defense

August 6, 2007 The House on Saturday approved a bipartisan spending bill amendment that would protect the collective bargaining and appeal rights of civilian employees as the Defense Department overhauls its personnel system. The amendment, offered by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., was added to the ...

Law grants whistleblower protections to transportation workers

August 3, 2007 Transportation workers who expose security threats and other concerns will gain broad protections for such disclosures under major anti-terrorism legislation signed into law Friday. The provisions were enacted as part of a measure (H.R. 1) to implement the unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Congress approved the legislation last week. ...

Hitting the Ceiling

August 2, 2007 A specialist in the Congressional Research Service is drawing renewed attention to the issue of crowding at the top of the federal pay scale. Curtis Copeland, a specialist in American national government at CRS, told members of a House subcommittee Tuesday that ceilings limiting maximum compensation are creating compression at ...

TSP stock funds post losses for July

August 2, 2007 The most reliable funds in the Thrift Savings Plan made minimal gains for July, 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 0.8 percent. The fund's ...

Lawmakers question government contribution to health premiums

August 2, 2007 The government pays an adequate share of federal employees' health care premiums, the head of the Office of Personnel Management said Thursday in response to concerned lawmakers. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program already is competitive with health insurance programs offered in the private sector, OPM Director Linda Springer testified ...

TSP divestiture proposals stall in committee

July 30, 2007 Two legislative provisions that would have affected the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan by urging fiduciaries to offer socially responsible investment options stalled at the committee level. The provisions were removed from two major bills -- H.R. 180 by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and H.R. 2347 by Rep. Barney Frank, ...

Senators propose incentives to attract public health workers

July 27, 2007 Legislation introduced Thursday in the Senate would establish scholarships and loan repayment programs for students going into public health professions. The bill, S. 1882, introduced by Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., aims to increase the pipeline of qualified public health workers at the federal, state, local and ...

Playing Up Performance

July 26, 2007 There seems to be a developing consensus among federal human resources executives that scrapping the decades-old General Schedule pay system is a necessity. "I fear that if we don't move forward with [a pay-for-performance system] at a brisk pace, the folks we've brought into the federal service and invested heavily ...