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Brittany Ballenstedt

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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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Saving Sick Time

March 13, 2008 Legislation introduced Monday would allow more federal employees to cash out their accrued sick leave at retirement, but it may not be the benefit many had hoped. The bill (H.R. 5573), introduced by Rep. James Moran, D-Va., would provide employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System with a one-time payment ...

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Legislation would allow more feds to cash out sick leave at retirement

March 10, 2008 A Virginia lawmaker will introduce legislation on Tuesday that will allow more federal employees to cash out their accrued sick leave at retirement. Rep. James Moran, D-Va., said Monday that he planned to introduce a bill that would provide employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System with a one-time payment ...

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House committee calls for military-civilian pay parity

March 6, 2008 A House committee on Thursday passed a budget resolution that includes a statement in support of pay parity for federal employees and military service members in 2009. The House Budget Committee passed a fiscal 2009 budget blueprint that calls for an equal pay raise for federal employees and military members ...

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House revisits paid leave for federal parents

March 6, 2008 The federal government lags behind the private sector and many industrialized countries by not providing paid parental leave benefits to federal employees, several witnesses told a House subcommittee on Thursday. At a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, several witnesses pledged support for ...

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Nonprofit launches leadership institute for federal managers

March 6, 2008 A nonprofit group announced on Wednesday the start of a leadership training program designed to help the federal government tackle the nation's most pressing challenges. At a reception at Georgetown University, the Partnership for Public Service launched the Annenberg Leadership Institute -- a training laboratory designed to boost the skills ...

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Union calls for 3.9 percent federal pay increase in 2009

March 4, 2008 The leader of a federal labor union on Tuesday outlined a list of major legislative priorities for 2008, including the approval of a 3.9 percent pay increase for government employees in 2009. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, called on lawmakers to support six major federal employee ...

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Riskier TSP funds post losses for February

March 3, 2008 The two most reliable funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted minimal gains in February, while all other funds lost ground. The G Fund, which is made up of short-term Treasury securities specially issued to provide a higher return than inflation without any serious risk from market fluctuations, grew the ...

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Transition Threat

March 1, 2008 DHS works to shore up its shrinking executive ranks during the change of administration. Over the past year, Congress and the Homeland Security Department have been entangled in a numbers game. At issue is whether DHS has the leadership capacity to address national security, especially as the newest Cabinet agency ...

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Social Security chief calls eliminating backlog a ‘moral imperative’

February 29, 2008 During the last decade, the Social Security Administration has lost 10 percent of its administrative law judges while the number of disability cases awaiting hearings has more than doubled, the agency's top official told Congress on Thursday. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said litigation and budget cuts have reduced the ...

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Performance Pay Perils

February 28, 2008 The perils of pay for performance are springing up in the Senior Executive Service's four-year-old salary system, which the Bush administration hopes will become the model for the rest of the federal workforce. At a hearing on Feb. 12, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce ...