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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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Union suggests timetable for GAO organizing effort

July 9, 2007 The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers last week recommended a schedule for resolving disputes surrounding a union election at the Government Accountability Office. If the agency accepts the schedule and the issues are resolved, an election could take place as early as late October. At a pre-hearing meeting, ...

OPM modifies rules for figuring certain employees' retirement benefits

July 9, 2007 The Office of Personnel Management is changing the way it calculates service toward retirement for certain employees on workers' compensation, agency officials announced last week. According to an OPM benefits administration letter, federal employees on workers' compensation who hold a full-time appointment but are able to work only part-time now ...

Senate drops effort to grant airport screeners bargaining rights

July 9, 2007 Senate Democrats agreed on a compromise Monday that would strip from major homeland security legislation a provision that would grant collective bargaining rights to federal airport screeners. The provision, included in a measure to implement the unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, would have provided collective bargaining rights to thousands ...

Trials and Tribulations

July 5, 2007 If you are a federal employee or a dependent of one and you develop cancer, your best hope for a cure could be a clinical trial. But don't expect your insurance carrier to cover your routine health costs if you choose to enroll in such a trial. According to the ...

Security, law enforcement workers in high demand

July 5, 2007 The federal government must hire nearly 193,000 people to fill mission-critical jobs in the next two years, with much of the need in the areas of security and law enforcement, according to a new report by the Partnership for Public Service. The report, released Tuesday, summarizes the government's most critical ...

Unions seek full court review of Defense personnel ruling

July 3, 2007 A coalition of labor unions on Monday filed a petition for a full appeals court review of a ruling that upheld the Defense Department's new personnel and labor relations rules. The unions are seeking a rehearing of a decision issued in May by a panel of judges of the U.S. ...

State Department reaches settlement over personnel violation

July 2, 2007 Officials at the State Department improperly reissued a recruitment announcement after their preferred candidate failed to qualify the first time, an independent investigative agency announced last week. In a confidential report, the Office of Special Counsel described an informal settlement with State in response to a January report on a ...

Lawmakers urge DHS to speed up financial consolidation

June 29, 2007 The Homeland Security Department has made little progress in developing an integrated financial management system to address financial weaknesses the agency has inherited, a Government Accountability Office representative said Thursday. At a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, McCoy Williams, director of ...

Health Savings Shortfalls

June 28, 2007 President Bush has championed high-deductible health care plans and the savings accounts that accompany them as a viable solution to escalating medical costs. But now, two years after the option was added to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, employees have not yet warmed to the idea. High-deductible health plans ...

House backs 3.5 percent civilian pay raise

June 28, 2007 The House on Thursday approved a bill granting civilian federal employees a 2008 pay raise of 3.5 percent, a figure equal to the adjustment already authorized in the House for members of the military. The House approved the raise as part of the fiscal 2008 financial services appropriations bill. The ...