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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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House committee backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

May 9, 2007 A House panel on Wednesday authorized a 3.5 percent pay increase for members of the military and approved language that would significantly scale back a controversial personnel system at the Defense Department. The House Armed Services Committee backed the portion of the 2008 Defense authorization bill containing the 3.5 percent ...

Mobility cited as key to recruiting top science talent

May 8, 2007 Job mobility may be the most critical feature federal agencies can offer to recruit talented young people to science and technology positions, panelists said Tuesday at an event hosted by the nonprofit Council for Excellence in Government and the Gallup Organization. "I like to think of the government as a ...

Civil service honored in week of events

May 7, 2007 From patrolling the border to operating the space shuttle, the work of the nation's federal, state and local civilian and military employees will be recognized across the country this week. "America is a vibrant force for freedom and prosperity, and our public servants are one of our nation's greatest assets," ...

Union to file for first-ever election at GAO

May 7, 2007 A federal labor union is planning to file a petition Tuesday for an election to represent analysts at the Government Accountability Office. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers has spent the last several months trying to generate support from 1,500 analysts at the watchdog agency for an organizing ...

Bill aims to improve FAA labor negotiations process

May 4, 2007 Legislation introduced Thursday to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and modernize the nation's air traffic control system includes provisions designed to bolster the agency's labor negotiations process. The bill (S. 1300), introduced by Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., would strengthen the collective bargaining rights of FAA employees ...

Lawmaker backs pay parity, 3.5 percent raise for 2008

May 3, 2007 The ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday urged House appropriators to ensure parity in 2008 pay adjustments for civilian federal workers and members of the military. In a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., argued that the military ...

Pentagon rolls out performance-based pay

May 3, 2007 Ninety-seven percent of employees working under the first round of conversion to the Pentagon's new personnel system will receive performance-based payouts this year, according to an online notice posted Wednesday. The 11,000 employees working under the National Security Personnel System's Spiral 1.1 conversion were given a performance rating on a ...

Common stocks lead April TSP earnings

May 2, 2007 Common stocks in the Thrift Savings Plan made the strongest gains for April, though they still trailed behind the plan's international investments for yearlong growth. The C Fund, which tracks Standard & Poor's 500 Index of stocks in the largest domestic companies, gained 4.43 percent last month, far outperforming the ...

Senator renews push to reduce burden of pension offset

May 2, 2007 A bill reintroduced Tuesday in the Senate aims to scale back a pension offset that reduces Social Security benefits for some federal retirees. The bill (S. 1254), introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would ease the burden of a 1977 law that prevents certain retirees from collecting both a government ...

House panel approves 3.5 percent military pay raise

May 2, 2007 A House Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday passed a 3.5 percent pay raise for members of the military for 2008. That figure, which is half a percent higher than the raise proposed by the Bush administration, likely will give federal labor unions an edge in pushing for an equivalent raise ...