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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Federal CIO Council Refocuses on Workforce

February 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Chief Information Officers Council is prioritizing information technology workforce issues by reestablishing the Workforce Committee in its reorganization. In a blog post on on Tuesday, the CIO Council announced the reestablishment of the workforce committee to focus resources on helping CIOs create a top-notch IT workforce. The...

Is a 1 Percent Pay Raise Enough for Federal Tech Employees?

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama’s 2015 budget blueprint set for release March 4 will include a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees and military service members next year. One percent is the same amount federal workers received in 2014, ending a three-year pay freeze. The White House official announcing the inclusion...

What Government Data Can Do About the Shortage of Science and Tech Skills

February 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Experts from both the public and private sector are coming together to develop new products and prototypes to help address the shortages of workers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Entrepreneurs, data manipulators, human resource experts, federal data owners and government leaders met up in late January to brainstorm...

Telework Isn't Just About Work-Life Flexibility; It's an Operational Strategy

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government will not reap all the benefits of telework until it lets go of some commonly-held myths and begins looking at telework as a strategic management tool. That’s according to a new report by Flex+Strategy Group, which found that most telework stereotypes do not match reality. The typical...

USDA Talks Telework

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the government’s leading agencies on telework is bringing together federal employees and managers to address some of the specific challenges and opportunities identified in the Office of Personnel Management’s recent telework status report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the six-part “Let’s Talk Telework” webinar series, free...

Women Fleeing Science, Tech Fields

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The talent pipeline of female workers in science, engineering and technology fields is on the rise, yet many women – faced with hostile work environments, extreme work pressures and isolation – are fleeing these in-demand fields in droves. That’s according to “Athena 2.0,” a new report by the Center for...

Obama's New Cybersecurity Guidelines Lack a Workforce Plan

February 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s at least one thing missing from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s new presidentially-mandated cybersecurity framework: a plan to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity workforce and address the ongoing shortage of skilled cyber staff. The framework, released Wednesday, provides organizations charged with providing the nation’s financial, energy, health care...

Salaries Are Rising for These Six IT Jobs

February 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you are fluent in one of six key technology skills, chances are your paycheck is getting fatter. That’s according to the new 2014 Salary Guides by Robert Half Technology, which found a sharp rise in salaries for information technology professionals who help their organizations in areas like big data,...

Have You Made Your Telework Week Pledge?

February 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fourth annual Telework Week is just three weeks away, and more agencies are planning to use the event to test their continuity of operations plans. As of Monday morning, nearly 30,000 workers had pledged to telework during this year’s Telework Week, which runs March 3-7. Pledges to the program...

CDC's Virtual Events Program Created by the Public Sector, for the Public Sector

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Declines in budgets across the public health community were just one reason the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began looking at innovative approaches for employees and partners to collaborate online. With the agency’s health informatics partners stretching to state and local public health departments, academics, educational institutions, standards organizations,...

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