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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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OPM seeks input on proposed nuclear security pay system

April 4, 2007 A large group of employees at the National Nuclear Security Administration can expect to come under a trial pay-for-performance system beginning in January 2008, officials said at a public hearing Wednesday. The demonstration project will encompass more than 2,000 employees across every major headquarters and field organization of NNSA, which ...

NASA urged to align internal, external workforces

April 3, 2007 NASA must better align its civil service and contractor workforce to accomplish new missions and expand space exploration efforts, according to a new report from the National Academy of Public Administration. "NASA must continue to find ways to balance its multisector workforce and restructure its existing civil service component to ...

Union seeks to halt funding for DHS personnel system

April 2, 2007 A major federal labor union is calling on Congress to curb fiscal 2008 funding for a controversial personnel system at the Homeland Security Department. In testimony submitted to the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley urged lawmakers to prohibit DHS from spending any money ...

March a solid month for TSP returns

April 2, 2007 The three riskiest funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted the greatest gains for March, while one of the more conservative funds had no movement and the other made just small gains. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, grew the most, at 2.57 percent. March's growth brings the ...

Senator reintroduces pay for performance measure

March 30, 2007 A bill reintroduced Thursday in the Senate aims to alter the implementation of pay-for-performance systems across the government. Instead of linking pay raises directly to performance appraisals as championed by the Bush administration, the bill (S. 1045) would deny annual raises and within-grade increases to employees who do not meet ...

Federal recruitment campaign expands with three new ads

March 29, 2007 The Office of Personnel Management launched three new advertisements in Raleigh, N.C., last week, opening a new front in its campaign to attract top talent to the federal workforce. The ads are "having a terrific impact in raising awareness about and spurring interest in the wonderful spectrum of vitally important ...

House panel votes to repeal DHS personnel overhaul

March 28, 2007 The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved legislation with language to repeal controversial personnel reforms at the Homeland Security Department. The bill (H.R. 1684) would authorize $40 billion for DHS for fiscal 2008 and includes an amendment that would unravel the department's proposed changes to employee appeal rights and ...

Lawmakers urge EPA inspector to hold off on staff cuts

March 28, 2007 Five members of a House panel have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency acting Inspector General Bill Roderick, urging him to refrain from following through with staff reductions in response to proposed budget cuts. The lawmakers said Roderick could require about 30 full-time employees to leave as early as ...

Lawmakers probe GAO decision on pay adjustments

March 27, 2007 Democrats on a House subcommittee are asking the Government Accountability Office to hand over information related to a compensation study the agency relied on to make pay determinations last year. In a recent letter to Comptroller General David M. Walker, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee focused ...

Feds report job and pay satisfaction

March 26, 2007 Federal employees are satisfied with their jobs, despite perceptions of less organizational stability and fear of pay system changes, according to a report released last week by the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report, which is based on the results of the board's most recent merit principles survey, also indicated ...