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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Your Next Office Could Have Six Desks for Every 10 Workers

November 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration in September unveiled a new approach to office space that kicked down cubicles and private offices in favor of open space, conference rooms and an increased emphasis on telework. GSA wants other agencies to follow suit through its Total Workforce Initiative, and some departments – namely...

Unemployment Remains Low for Tech Pros

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Above average turnover rates for information technology professionals may signal that confidence in the tech job market is on the rise, particularly as the sector continues to enjoy relatively low unemployment compared to U.S. workers overall, according to new research.’s Tech Employment Snapshot for the third quarter of 2013,...

Federal IT Pros Want More Training to Manage Diverse Demands

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gone are the days when internet technology professionals could specialize in a specific set of skills that could serve them for much of their career. Now, these IT pros – particularly those in public sector and contractor jobs – need a range of skills and savvy to be effective, and...

Get a Security Boost: Add More Women to Your Cyber Team

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s long been known that women are grossly underrepresented in information technology and cybersecurity jobs. But these shortages of women may be complicating more than just your organization’s diversity strategy; they also may be contributing to the frequent failure of enterprise cybersecurity strategies and defense, a new report suggests. The...

Awards Recognize Best in Federal Cybersecurity

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Achievements by federal employees and contractors working in the cybersecurity field were honored Tuesday evening as part of the 2013 Government Information Security Leadership Awards. The annual awards program, run by consulting firm (ISC)2, recognizes individuals and teams whose initiatives have improved the security posture in their agency or across...

Bill to Bolster DHS Cyber Workforce Advances

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would require the Homeland Security Department to take additional measures to improve and assess the cybersecurity workforce. The bill – the Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots on the Ground Act (H.R. 3107) -- sponsored by Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., requires DHS...

First Cyber Warrior Scholarships Awarded to Veterans

October 28, 2013 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...

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 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 – 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,...

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