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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Nuclear security employees to try pay-for-performance

March 1, 2007 Nonbargaining unit employees at the National Nuclear Security Administration may become the latest test group to work under a new pay-for-performance system proposed by the Office of Personnel Management. The proposal, published in the Federal Register earlier this week, aims to compress the 15 pay grades under the General Schedule...

DHS scales back pay for performance ambitions

February 28, 2007 The Homeland Security Department is putting a fresh face on its controversial personnel overhaul, expanding the focus of the reforms but also moving more cautiously than originally planned before transferring employees to a system that links pay to job performance. DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson said in an interview Wednesday...

House leader to seek boost in health premium subsidy

February 27, 2007 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., on Tuesday said he plans to introduce a bill again that would raise the amount the government contributes to federal employees' health care premiums. The measure would raise the percentage of premiums covered by the government from 72 percent to 80 percent. This would...

Lawmakers renew push to grant employees law officer benefits

February 26, 2007 House members recently introduced a bill renewing an effort to grant additional federal officers law enforcement status and the more generous retirement benefits that go along with it. The legislation (H.R. 1073) would provide Customs and Border Protection officers, police at the Veterans Affairs Department and other employees the ability...

Nonprofit wins grant to offer federal management training

February 23, 2007 A nonprofit group dedicated to encouraging young people to join the federal workforce received a grant Thursday to finance two new initiatives aimed at improving federal leadership and educating young people about public service. Under a four-year $4 million grant from The Annenberg Foundation, the Partnership for Public Service will...

OPM seeks to leverage success of dental, vision program

February 23, 2007 Initial enrollments in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program late last year far exceeded expectations. Now the Office of Personnel Management is under pressure to leverage the popularity of the program to ensure participants are receiving the best products and services at the lowest cost. When Congress passed...

Report: Emergency health officers strained for time to train

February 22, 2007 Officers deployed as part of a uniformed service run by the Health and Human Services Department have trouble finding time to train, and many lack hands-on experience that would help them better respond to public health emergencies, according to a new report from the department's inspector general. "[Public Health Service]...

Energy Department to lift moratorium on bonuses

February 21, 2007 Energy Department employees are now in line to receive performance-based awards and discretionary pay adjustments delayed in November because of uncertainty about the agency's budget situation. Energy officials announced to employees last week that they planned to lift the departmentwide hold on awards and other discretionary pay actions. This was...

Auditors stress importance of data security to TSP officials

February 20, 2007 Data security should continue to be an ongoing concern for Thrift Savings Plan officials, according to Labor Department auditors. Reviewers from Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration told TSP officials during a monthly meeting Tuesday that there were no instances in fiscal 2006 of "material noncompliance" with the Federal Employees' Retirement...

Bill on retiree health insurance premiums re-emerges

February 16, 2007 Legislation introduced Friday in the House would allow retired military and civilian federal workers to pay their monthly health care premiums with pre-tax dollars. The bill (H.R. 1110), introduced by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., also would enable active-duty military personnel to use what he called a pre-tax rebate to pay...

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