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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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TSP to assess capacity to handle stock market plunges

April 16, 2007 Officials overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan should be sure they are prepared to handle an increased volume of transactions in the event of a major market plunge, members of the retirement plan's board said at a meeting Monday. TSP officials noted that following the stock market drop in late February, ...

Union, immigration agency move toward new contract

April 13, 2007 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the American Federation of Government Employees signed a joint agreement Friday in an effort to improve the working relationship between agency managers and union representatives. The move marks the first step in the development of a new labor-management contract. The agency is operating under ...

Human capital officers' council outlines structural changes

April 13, 2007 A council of top agency personnel officials delivered its fourth annual report to Congress Thursday, informing lawmakers of changes and improvements last fiscal year. The report from the Chief Human Capital Officers Council listed three main structural and organizational changes in fiscal 2006. These included allowing personnel chiefs to send ...

OPM strengthens health savings accounts benefit

April 12, 2007 Federal employees now enrolled in high deductible health plans will be able to make pre-tax allotments to health savings accounts by the beginning of next year. According to an April 6 benefits administration letter from the Office of Personnel Management, all eligible employees will be able to make the pre-tax ...

Agencies launch air traffic training for disabled veterans

April 11, 2007 Disabled veterans now are eligible for on-the-job training to become air traffic controllers or equipment repair technicians, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday. The program -- a joint effort by FAA and the Veterans Affairs Department -- enables eligible veterans to train for air traffic control and airway transportation systems ...

NASA chief asks lawmakers for more workforce flexibilities

April 10, 2007 The head of NASA is calling on lawmakers to give the agency the flexibility to offer workers financial incentives to move from permanent to temporary civil service positions. In a March 28 letter, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin asked Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, ...

TSP board awards contract for forms processing

April 9, 2007 The board that oversees the federal employee Thrift Savings Plan has awarded a $16 million contract to help with forms processing and other work. Under the agreement, SI International of Reston, Va., also will support imaging and data entry for applications and forms for the 401(k)-style retirement plan. The contract ...

Intelligence agency employees praise 'performance culture'

April 6, 2007 The intelligence community has a culture encouraging high-quality work, but needs to improve the way it deals with poor performers, according to a new survey by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Fifty-eight percent of employees responding to the office's 2006 Intelligence Community Employee Climate Survey gave their ...

Diplomatic, intelligence agencies win praise for recruiting

April 5, 2007 The intelligence and diplomatic communities are effectively recruiting the highly skilled employees they need, a high-ranking State Department official said Thursday. The end of the Cold War resulted in a dramatic decline in employment at national security agencies, presenting a major challenge, said Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte. "That, ...

Management fellows seek agency assignments

April 4, 2007 The head of the Office of Personnel Management addressed hundreds of young people Wednesday in an event designed to recruit and retain talented public servants. In a speech before graduate students selected as finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows program, OPM Director Linda Springer cited a need to recruit and ...