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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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Six Veterans Receive Cyber Warrior Scholarships

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six military veterans have been chosen as the inaugural recipients of a scholarship that aims to close the skills gap in cybersecurity by providing career training to qualified veterans who have served in the U.S. military. The (ISC)2 Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton on Thursday announced the first recipients of ...

Could the HealthCare.gov Glitches Be Good for IT Recruiting?

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One might assume that the Obama administration’s failures in rolling out a user-friendly, efficient website in HealthCare.gov – the most public facing aspect of its signature health care law – would fuel the perception that the government is slow, outdated and less than innovative when it comes to technology. So ...

Feds: You Don't Need Permission to Innovate

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many front-line federal workers have long expressed their frustrations about working in an agency or office culture that stifles innovation. But government is now entering a new era where feds no longer have to file a memo to their boss with a new idea, only to receive the dreaded response, ...

CIOs May Struggle to Keep IT Staff on Board Next Year

October 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Furloughs, budget cuts and three years of frozen pay already are posing challenges for federal agencies in terms of recruiting and retaining information technology workers. Those challenges may grow even greater in the next year, as more and more IT workers could potentially be on the hunt for a new ...

Private-Sector IT Pros to See 5.6 Percent Average Pay Boost in 2014

October 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With many federal information technology employees just coming back to work after 16 days of a government shutdown, reports that their private sector counterparts will see average pay increases of 5.6 percent next year may not be most welcome news. Or maybe it is, if you’re looking to ditch your ...

Telework Now Offered by 88 Percent of Organizations

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest casualty for telework occurred earlier this month, when tech giant Hewlett Packard followed companies like Yahoo! and Best Buy in a decision to scale back its telework program. HP’s move to reign in the flexible work option is perhaps most intersting considering they have touted telework’s benefits in ...

The Key to Solving the Science and Math Talent Shortage? Women

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s long been known that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields. But there are some steps both women and society can take to help mitigate this trend and balance out the future workforce. A shortage of qualified, skilled workers in STEM fields already exists in the ...

Feds Want User-Friendly Security; Cyber Pros Don't Think About That

October 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees are often an agency’s own worst enemies when it comes to ensuring information and systems are secure, according to a new study. The report, “Cybersecurity Experience: Cybersecurity Pros From Mars; Users From Mercury,” released Tuesday by MeriTalk and Akamai Technologies, found that federal cybersecurity professionals often fail to ...

How Does the Government Decide Which Workers Are Essential?

October 15, 2013 While political stalemate remains the top story during the now-15-day government shutdown, a lead social networking site for government employees has launched a new campaign to change that trajectory and emphasize the hard work of federal employees. GovLoop’s “You Are Essential” campaign, launched Friday, invites government employees to explain why ...

What Makes Your Job 'Essential?'

October 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While political stalemate remains the top story during the now-15-day government shutdown, a lead social networking site for government employees has launched a new campaign to change that trajectory and emphasize the hard work of federal employees. GovLoop’s “You Are Essential” campaign, launched Friday, invites government employees to explain why ...