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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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Is Your Manager Becoming Less Committed to Telework?

May 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Employees in the U.S. are sensing a weakened commitment from their managers when it comes to work-life balance. Some employees point to examples at high-profile companies like Yahoo! and Best Buy, which last year put an end to their telework and flexible work programs, as reasons for that weakened sense ...

DHS Cyber Workforce Legislation Advances

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department would receive additional hiring and compensation authorities for cybersecurity professionals under new legislation introduced Tuesday and approved Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill (S. 2354), sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., would enable the DHS Secretary to make direct appointments, ...

Personnel Reform and Better Technology Are Intrinsically Linked

May 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The roles of agency chief human capital officers are evolving to emphasize how information technology can deliver smarter, more cost-effective services, boost training and encourage cross-agency collaboration, according to a new report. The report, “Embracing Change,” released Tuesday by the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton, highlights the results ...

Women Are Still Scarce in IT Leadership Roles

May 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The proportion of women in information technology leadership positions has moved little over the past decade, and that statistic may even be trending downward, a new study suggests. The new 2014 CIO Survey by Harvey Nash of 3,211 chief information officers worldwide found that just 7 percent of respondents are ...

One Airman's Journey From Linguist to Cyber Warrior

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bryan Johnson, retiring after 20 years as a linguist in the Air National Guard. was eager to begin a new career. That’s when he discovered he was well suited to pursue a career in the in-demand field of cybersecurity. Better yet, he could pursue this new career in Salt Lake ...

Defense Extends IT Exchange Program

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department on Wednesday issued final regulations extending a pilot program that facilitates the exchange of Defense IT workers with their counterparts in the private sector. The regulations, issued in the Federal Register, extend Defense’s Information Technology Exchange Program pilot, which was set to expire on Sept. 31, 2013 ...

Pay Stalls for Mid-Level Cybersecurity Professionals

May 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With strong competition for cybersecurity professionals -- particularly as methods of exploiting new technologies continue to evolve -- many experts projected that salaries for such professionals would rise over the years. But that’s not necessarily the case for all cybersecurity positions, according to new research by the SANS Institute, which ...

More Cyber Scholarships for Vets

May 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military veterans continue to be touted as a rich source of talent to groom for information security and cybersecurity careers, so much that one foundation is expanding a scholarship program that enables veterans to obtain specialized certifications in the field. The (ISC)2 Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton earlier this month ...

Telework, Cloud Are Shaking Up Federal Offices

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Telework is no longer standing on its own but is becoming a part of the broader conversation about mobility, collaboration and innovation. That’s according to Cindy Auten, general manager of Mobile Work Exchange, who told Wired Workplace last week that last month’s spring Telework Town Hall Meeting was evidence that ...

Latinos Aren't Interested in STEM Fields and That's a Problem for Everyone

May 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While there has been some positive progress in improving interest and aptitude among students in science, technology, engineering and math careers, the number of available jobs in such fields continues to significantly outpace the number of available peoplel qualified for those jobs, according to a new analysis. The new U.S. ...