Brittany Ballenstedt

Blogger Reporter Portrait for 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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Marking Three Years of Telework Progress

December 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday marks the three-year anniversary of the signing of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, which required agencies to establish expanded telework programs and notify all employees of their eligibility to telework. “The law introduced concepts that made it concrete and actual for agencies to set specific requirements that standardize how...

OPM to Agencies: Don't Forget to Expand Telework This Winter

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday reminded federal agencies that they must continue to expand their usage of telework to ensure continuity of operations, particularly going into the winter season when agency closures and employee dismissals are more common. In updated guidance on dismissal and closure procedures for the...

Technology Can Drive Federal Hiring Reform

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal hiring reform – a popular topic even just two years ago – has taken somewhat of a back seat to other high-priority issues like federal budget cuts, furloughs and pay and hiring freezes. But one expert suggests the time is now for agencies to leverage technology to drive some...

Master's Accreditation Benefits Federal Cyber Pros

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information security employees now have one additional option for pursuing a master’s degree in information security that could be funded in part through their agency’s tuition assistance program. The SANS Technology Institute announced Tuesday that it is now accredited by The Middle States Commission of Higher Education, meaning the...

Make Your Telework Week Pledge

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A week before agencies mark the three-year anniversary of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, a mobile work group is encouraging federal employees to pledge to telework the first week of March. Mobile Work Exchange announced Tuesday that it has launched Telework Week 2014, a global initiative that encourages federal agencies...

Forget BYOD. Check Your Personal Email on Your Agency-Provided Gadget

November 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most agencies have been slow to get on board with Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, programs, in large part because of the associated data security and legal concerns. But that slow pace may be a good thing, as one expert suggests that BYOD is more than likely just a...

Until More Feds Telework More Frequently, Agencies Won't Save Much Money

November 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies’ ability to keep up the momentum on telework will largely rely on their ability to effectively demonstrate its return on investment. Yet even a recent Government Accountability Office report noted that agency telework programs are not yet mature enough to yield any real estate cost savings. So when...

Is it Time to Retire ‘Telework?’

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent report by Global Workforce Analytics and Citrix found that a few respondents believe that the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act has actually hindered the progress of telework at their agency. Instead of focusing on a broader mobility strategy, for example, some telework coordinators believe the law has narrowed their...

Viral Video Aims to Inspire Girls to Enter Science and Tech Fields

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a lot more to our young girls than just pink and princesses; they may well hold the keys to solving the skills gap in high-tech and engineering jobs. That is the message of a new video that has gone viral on YouTube this week promoting GoldieBlox, a start-up...

Some Say Telework Law Hinders Federal Telework

November 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many experts tout the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act as a boon for boosting telework participation in the federal government, a few federal telework executives are not so fond of the law. A survey of 120 federal telework coordinators and executives by Global Workplace Analytics and Citrix found that a...

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