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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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NASA’s JPL Is the Only Agency on a New Top IT Employer List

June 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies looking to recruit, hire and retain top-notch information technology workers may want to take a lesson from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: it was the only federal organization to make a new list of 100 top IT employers. ComputerWorld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2014 ranked JPL...

Training Key to Federal IT Reform

June 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Congress moves forward on legislation to revamp how federal agencies buy and manage IT, the majority of federal IT professionals are pointing to one area that could help them make better, more-informed decisions around new IT: training. A new version of the Federal IT Acquisition and Reform Act, which...

Mobility and Shrinking the Real Estate Footprint

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees will need to telework more frequently to realize a greater return on investment, and that may come in the form of reducing the real estate footprint and investing in hoteling and collaboration software. So why aren’t more agencies making those investments? A report released last week by Mobile...

Twelve Agencies Seek to Hire Virtual Interns This Summer

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A dozen federal agencies have signed on to a virtual internship program run through the State Department that fields out special agency projects to American college students. The Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program, which launched in 2009 by State and U.S. Agency for International Development, received 315 requests from...

Tech Pros Demand Higher Starting Salaries

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology professionals know how valuable their skills are in the marketplace, so much that more are rejecting job offers and/or requesting higher salaries. That’s according to the semi-annual hiring study by tech jobs website Dice.com, which found 32 percent of the 737 tech-focused hiring managers surveyed said more tech candidates...

Upside to Shrinking Budgets? Innovation.

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a bright side to shrinking budgets at federal agencies: They may just force employees to come up with new and innovative ways of doing business. That’s according to Carissa Cutrell, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who told Wired Workplace last week that budget cuts and a...

Lack of Telework Opportunities Makes Government Lose Out on Top Hires

June 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have made progress in implementing telework as a flexible work strategy, but it may not be enough, new research suggests. A report released Monday by Mobile Work Exchange, VMware and Carahsoft found 88 percent of human resources managers have had an employee leave because of the lack of...

Streamlined Hiring Key for Attracting IT Pros

June 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Free food, nap pods and on-site video games are not the only things that attract top IT workers to leading tech companies such as Google and Facebook. Network World reports a streamlined hiring and onboarding process also is valuable to these in-demand workers, so much that leading tech companies are...

Agencies Graded B- on Mobility

June 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government has invested more than $1.6 billion in mobile technology initiatives for its employees, yet most have not realized the full potential of those programs, according to a new report. The report, released Monday by Mobile Work Exchange, VMware and Carahsoft, found that 77 percent of the 154...

Should Federal Personnel Reform Start With IT?

June 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The controversy at the Veterans Administration is reigniting a conversation about federal personnel reform that in recent years has been overshadowed by budget cuts, hiring freezes and sequestration. Most experts contend that personnel reform should extend beyond the VA, however, to help a range of agency missions and skill sets...

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