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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Group proposes scholarships to fill mission-critical jobs

July 13, 2007 A nonprofit group on Thursday urged the government to offer graduate school scholarships to talented individuals who pledge federal service in return. The Partnership for Public Service proposed the Roosevelt Scholars program at a town hall meeting and career fair at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington,...

Special counsel takes heat for personal e-mail use

July 13, 2007 Republican members of a House subcommittee on Thursday grilled the head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel over his handling of a recent Hatch Act investigation and his use of a personal e-mail account to discuss agency business. At a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee...

Senate appropriators back 3.5 percent civilian pay raise

July 12, 2007 A Senate committee late Thursday approved a bill granting civilian federal employees a 2008 pay raise of 3.5 percent, a figure equal to the amount approved by the House late last month. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the raise as part of the fiscal 2008 financial services...

Pay Raise Prospects

July 12, 2007 It's only July and already the House has passed a 3.5 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees for 2008. The Senate appears to be on track to back a similar adjustment. But does that mean federal employees will receive their raises on time next year? Not necessarily. The House...

House backs student loan forgiveness for public servants

July 11, 2007 The House on Wednesday approved major college aid legislation that would provide student loan forgiveness after 10 years for people who pursue careers in public service. The College Cost Reduction Act passed the House by a vote of 273-149. It includes language that would make it easier for college graduates...

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent civilian pay raise

July 10, 2007 A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a bill granting civilian federal employees a 2008 pay adjustment of 3.5 percent, a figure equal to the raise backed by the House late last month. A Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved the pay raise in its markup of the fiscal 2008 financial services spending...

Advocacy group touts training program for federal women

July 10, 2007 More than 1,000 federal, military, and other female employees will meet in Washington next week for an annual training conference sponsored by the advocacy group Federally Employed Women. The 38th National Training Program will kick off on July 16 at the Washington Hilton to provide workshops covering computer skills, career...

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...

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...

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,...

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