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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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Senior IT Staff Want to be Courted Before They Retire

August 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is not alone in its concern and planning for a mass exodus of retiring baby boomers, particularly those in IT jobs. IDG News Service reports that as 10,000 U.S. baby boomers will turn 65 each day until 2030, the IT field is among those that must make ...

If You Want to Keep Female Employees, Let Them Work From Home

August 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As federal IT shops look to recruit and retain more women into their ranks, leaders may want to take notice of a new study about the impact remote work has on the willingness of female employees to stay in their jobs. A survey of 202 employees by ConnectSolutions found that ...

Silicon Valley Is Plucking Government IT Talent

August 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While it has long been a practice of the Pentagon and federal intelligence agencies to scout out expertise from Silicon Valley, new evidence suggests that the tables are turning, with top federal operatives heading west and leveraging their insider’s expertise to launch new tech startups. The New York Times reports ...

Government CIOs Have More Clout, Shorter Terms

August 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government chief information officers stay in their positions one year less on average than their private sector peers, according to new research by Gartner. The government-specific results of a worldwide CIO survey, which included 398 public sector CIOs from all tiers of government, found that the average tenure of a ...

Agencies Are Saving Millions With Virtual Events

August 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an age of budget cuts and sequestration, agencies like NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are turning to virtual events to reduce travel and training costs, and the savings are significant. In a webinar sponsored by Mobile Work Exchange on Wednesday, NASA Chief Information Officer Larry Sweet said ...

Feds: Give Us a Seamless Mobile Connection and We'll Get a Lot More Done

August 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees could reap an average of nearly $14,000 in productivity gains per year through mobile access, yet most are hindered by limited access and outdated infrastructure, a new study suggests. The study, “Feds on the Go: Network Needs for Maximum Mobility,” released Monday by MeriTalk, found that feds are ...

Tech Jobs on the Rise, and Not Just in the Usual Places

August 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technology employment landscape continues to yield positive news, and many tech professionals may be surprised to learn that top jobs are no longer limited to powerhouse states like California, New York and Virginia. This month’s issue of the Dice Report notes significant growth in tech jobs in several states ...

If They Had to Choose, Cyber Pros Would Take More Staff Over Larger Budgets

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most cybersecurity professionals value one thing more highly than even an increased security budget: having more skilled employees on their staffs. A recent survey of 167 attendees at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas by security company Tripwire found that the majority of those surveyed (44 percent) believe increasing ...

New Rules on Federal Bonuses Could Affect Efforts to Boost IT Skills

August 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In final rules issued Wednesday in the Federal Register, the Office of Personnel Management outlined important changes to the way agencies evaluate and award recruitment, retention and relocation (3R) bonuses -- changes that could affect how agencies hire and keep employees with essential technology skills. The new rules take effect ...

DHS Buys a $95 Million IT System to Improve Employee Skills

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is deploying a cloud-based enterprise talent management system to help analyze and develop the skills of more than 250,000 employees. The department awarded a $95 million single contract to Visionary Integration Professionals to consolidate the learning and talent management systems across DHS headquarters and eight components. ...