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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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Advocates sketch plan for public service academy

June 4, 2007 The creation of a U.S. Public Service Academy would provide opportunities different from those available through existing public administration programs at universities across the country, according to a draft blueprint created by academy lobbyists. The blueprint, released Friday, aims to highlight the unique mission of the academy compared to other ...

OPM pushes to extend locality pay to Alaska, Hawaii

June 1, 2007 Cost-of-living allowances for federal employees in Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. territories could be replaced with locality payments under a new Bush administration proposal sent to lawmakers Wednesday. The legislative proposal seeks to correct potential disparities between locality-based comparability payments allowed under a 1990 law and nonforeign area COLAs authorized ...

GAO to challenge eligibility of employees to unionize

June 1, 2007 Government Accountability Office leaders are hiring a private law firm to assist them in responding to an employee effort to hold a union election, and plan to challenge the eligibility of more than a third of the employees who filed petitions for such an election. GAO's legal representatives were scheduled ...

FAA, union haggle over performance pay

May 31, 2007 A complicated formula used by the Federal Aviation Administration to calculate increases in pay ranges is detrimental to lower-level employees, a union leader charged Thursday. Jim Lenz, president of an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local that represents FAA employees, referenced a letter the union sent to ...

Navy rolls out new workforce strategy

May 30, 2007 The Navy is implementing a new human capital strategy that focuses heavily on training and employee development, according to a top official. Anita Blair, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for total force transformation, said in an interview with Government Executive that the federal government must adapt to a changing ...

Panel backs whistleblower rights for Defense contractors

May 29, 2007 A Senate panel last week approved a provision that would enhance whistleblower protections for Defense Department contract employees who report potential waste, fraud or abuse. The Senate Armed Services Committee passed the language as an amendment to the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill, during a closed markup session that ended ...

OPM pushes Homeland Security to move on pay for performance

May 25, 2007 The Homeland Security Department should build on its personnel reforms by beginning to implement the pay-for-performance and job classification portions, the Office of Personnel Management argues in a new report. The report, issued May 1, assessed DHS' progress since April 12 on the performance management part of its new personnel ...

Senate panel moves to scale back Pentagon personnel system

May 25, 2007 A Senate panel on Thursday approved language that would significantly limit the implementation of a controversial personnel system at the Defense Department and authorize a 3.5 percent 2008 pay raise for members of the military. In a markup of the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill that began Wednesday afternoon, the ...

Union criticizes report backing NASA workforce flexibilities

May 24, 2007 A federal labor union has taken issue with some recommendations in a congressionally chartered organization's report on reshaping NASA's workforce to meet a new mission. In a May 21 letter to National Academy of Public Administration Fellow John G. Stewart, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers highlighted a ...

New job search site aims to enhance federal recruitment

May 23, 2007 An online job search company has unveiled a Web site dedicated to matching job seekers with opportunities in the federal government. WorkforAmerica.com, launched May 7 by CareerBuilder.com, aims to help expedite the federal government's recruitment process by connecting job candidates interested in public service with key federal agencies. To develop ...