Posts By Brittany Ballenstedt

Agencies Pay More Student Loans

Federal agencies increased their spending on student loan repayments for employees by 22 percent in 2008, and the incentives were widely used for recruiting and retaining information technology workers, according to a new report by the Office of Personnel Management. The report, released on Wednesday, found that 35 federal agencies provided 6,789 employees with $51.6Read… Read more »

Time-in-Grade May Not Go Away

The Office of Personnel Management is withdrawing its plan to abolish the one-year time-in-grade requirement for federal employee promotions. OPM announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday that it would withdraw proposed regulations to abolish the time-in-grade rule after the agency determined that it would be more productive to consider the merits of the time-in-gradeRead… Read more »

Newmark on Gov 2.0, IT Workers

Wired Workplace sat down with Craig Newmark, founder of, on Thursday in San Francisco to talk about Government 2.0, the generational divide and other federal IT workforce issues. Newmark discussed his vision for Government 2.0 as a force multiplier, noting that social media and other tools will enable federal employees to work together andRead… Read more »

New blog on

Hi all, Starting next week, I’ll be writing a new blog for called Wired Workplace. I’ll be focusing on workplace issues of particular relevance to employees who work in the federal information technology arena. Those issues will include the generational divide, use of collaborative technologies, training issues, pay and benefits and recruitment and retentionRead… Read more »