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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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Give Up Your Office Space, Federal Teleworkers

September 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mobility holds a great deal of promise for the federal government, but federal leaders and employees must be willing to sacrifice some of their personal office space in order to realize mobility’s full potential, one CIO said last week. “As federal organizations, we are still inordinately attached to real estate,” ...

Cybersecurity Field Not Ready to Be Professionalized, Study Finds

September 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The time is not yet ripe to begin introducing professionalization standards into the rapidly changing and diverse field of cybersecurity, particularly given the staffing shortages that already exist in the field, according to a new report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The report, “Professionalizing ...

The 72-Hour Workweek Is the New Norm, but Don't Blame Your Smartphone

September 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Has the number of hours you work per week increased in recent years? You may be inclined to blame your smartphone, according to a new study. A recent survey of 483 executive, managers and professionals by the Center for Creative Leadership found that 60 percent of those who carry smartphones ...

Some Managers Hope the Next Administration Will Abandon Telework

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is your manager embracing telework, or holding out that the work option is just a passing trend that will fade in a few years under new presidential leadership? A forthcoming survey of federal managers received a number of hopeful responses that the telework buzz will die off in a few ...

Find Out How Secure Your Agency's Mobile Devices Are

September 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are security concerns holding back your agency’s mobility strategy? Mobile Work Exchange on Thursday launched the Secure Mobility Hot Zone, a new self-assessment tool that can help you or your agency determine potential mobile security risks. The group launched the new tool at their fall Town Hall meeting in Washington. ...

Not Many New Fed Hires, but IT Workers Among the Few

September 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the number of new federal hires overall is down from previous years, information technology was among the top fields in which agencies are adding new federal employees, though not necessarily new jobs, according to an analysis released Tuesday. IT jobs made up 5.3 percent of the positions filled by ...

Expanding Federal Telework Could Save $12 Billion a Year

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Expanding federal telework programs doesn't just help federal employees and managers; it also could benefit taxpayers by as much as $12 billion per year, according to a new report Released last week by Global Workplace Analytics and the Telework Research Network, the report estimated that well-implemented federal telework programs could ...

CIOs Try to Retain Employees in Hard-to-Fill IT Jobs

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most chief information officers are planning to hire staff in the last few months of 2013, though many are focusing much of their efforts on retaining current staff as certain positions continue to be difficult to fill, according to a new report. The survey of more than 2,300 U.S. CIOs ...

Teens Are Losing Interest in Science, Survey Finds

September 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The number of students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics declined significantly this year, despite projections of a substantial boost in number of jobs available in those fields in the next five years, according to a new survey. The survey of 1,025 teens, released Wednesday by Junior Achievement ...

Find Out How Much Money Telework Is Saving Your Agency

September 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal managers now have access to a new calculator that can more effectively measure telework’s return on investment. Mobile Work Exchange on Tuesday launched the Telework ROI calculator, which helps agency managers determine the cost savings and benefits telework is providing across their agencies, in areas such as real estate, ...