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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FAA urged to improve maintenance of air traffic facilities

July 24, 2007 The Federal Aviation Administration must improve working conditions at the nation's air traffic control facilities, in part to help address staffing challenges, witnesses told members of a House subcommittee Tuesday. At a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, lawmakers and employee representatives pointed to air traffic...

Panel seeks advice on boosting diversity in senior ranks

July 23, 2007 A coalition of federal employee groups met with lawmakers Monday to discuss how to increase the number of women and minorities in the upper ranks of government. The meeting, led by Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., chairman of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the federal workforce, brought members...

GAO, union reach agreement to hold election

July 19, 2007 The Government Accountability Office has resolved a disagreement with a federal labor union over the eligibility of certain employees to organize, paving the way for a union election process to be completed in September. Under the agreement, reached Wednesday with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, all permanent...

Pay reform, recruiting cited as top personnel challenges

July 19, 2007 Pay system reform and recruiting and retaining an effective workforce are among the most critical challenges human resources leaders across the government face, according to a study released Thursday. The report from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the global consulting firm Grant Thornton is based on interviews with...

Pushing Parental Leave

July 19, 2007 Federal employees, like other American workers, are entitled to up to 12 weeks of leave after the birth of a child. It's just not paid leave. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to change that, though. And at least one of the group's members believes that legislation to establish...

Court extends deadline for DHS decision on labor rules

July 18, 2007 A federal district court on Tuesday extended the Homeland Security Department's deadline for issuing plans to either revise or abandon proposed labor relations rules under a controversial new personnel system. Judge Rosemary Collyer from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the agency to file a status...

House members weigh alternate paths to TSA bargaining rights

July 17, 2007 House lawmakers selected to negotiate with the Senate on major homeland security legislation said Tuesday that they are unsure whether they'll be able to address an effort to grant collective bargaining rights to federal airport screeners. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said at a...

Report: Defense underestimated cost of personnel overhaul

July 17, 2007 The Defense Department has underestimated the cost of implementing a new personnel system for civilian employees, an issue that could hamper the system's management, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Defense's November 2005 estimate that it will cost $158 million through 2008 to implement the National...

House backs bill to boost hiring for passport processing

July 16, 2007 The House on Monday approved legislation that would enable the State Department to bring in extra help to process passport applications. The bill (S. 966), which the Senate passed late last month, would allow State to rehire retired Foreign Service employees to staff overwhelmed passport processing centers across the country....

TSP urges Congress to back two legislative proposals

July 16, 2007 The board that oversees the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan has sent two new proposals to Congress, urging lawmakers to adopt legislation that would allow automatic employee enrollment and change the default fund for indecisive investors. At a monthly meeting Monday, TSP Legislative Director Tom Trabucco said that while the...

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