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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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Spending bill trims $5 million more from DHS personnel system

February 2, 2007 A spending measure approved earlier this week in the House would reduce by another $5 million the fiscal 2007 appropriation for the Homeland Security Department's new personnel system. The action comes four months after lawmakers withheld millions from the system, known as MaxHR, under the fiscal 2007 Homeland Security appropriations...

Lawmakers unveil bills to improve language proficiency

February 1, 2007 Legislation introduced Wednesday highlights the need for more multilingual workers across the federal government to translate counterterrorism intelligence. "It is troubling that five and a half years after September 11, the federal government still lacks a coordinated strategy and leadership to increase the number of Americans who are proficient in...

Union to appeal ruling on election to represent DHS workers

February 1, 2007 The American Federation of Government Employees announced Thursday that it plans to appeal a recent decision rejecting allegations of procedural flaws and bias in a 2006 election to determine union representation of more than 20,000 Homeland Security Department employees. The Jan. 17 decision from the Federal Labor Relations Authority's Washington,...

New spending measure could ease funding of pay raises

January 30, 2007 A spending measure filed late Monday to carry domestic agencies through the rest of the fiscal year would fund most at last year's levels, but contains adjustments to ease the burden of providing employees with pay raises. President Bush issued an executive order late last month granting white-collar federal employees...

OPM releases agency-specific results of workforce survey

January 30, 2007 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday released the agency-by-agency results of a federal workforce survey designed to gauge employees' perceptions of their jobs and views on management challenges. Smaller agencies with a more narrow focus tended to get better results, but OPM officials said this should not discourage larger...

OPM urged to beef up training on personnel reforms

January 29, 2007 The Office of Personnel Management needs to improve its ability to train employees responsible for implementing key human capital reforms, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. "As the agency responsible for the federal government's human capital initiatives, the Office of Personnel Management must have the capacity...

Agency launches anti-drug ads on video-sharing site

October 6, 2006 It has been almost two decades since the image of a fried egg, accompanied by the phrase "This is your brain on drugs," entered American culture by way of a public service TV ad sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Times change, and the White House Office of...

Legislators hone in on FBI weaknesses

May 2, 2006 The FBI came under fire at a Tuesday hearing for some of its approaches to combating terrorism while attempting to maintain Americans' civil liberties and for shoddy progress on upgrading its information technology infrastructure. Senate Judiciary Committee top Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont emphasized the FBI's participation in domestic spying...

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