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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Government IT Shops Automate

February 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The vast majority of public sector information technology professionals believe the automation of IT has helped them do more with less, a new survey reveals. The survey of 162 public sector IT workers by SolarWinds found that 84 percent believe the automation of their IT infrastructure initiatives has significantly or...

House Launches App Challenge to Inspire Science and Technology Careers

February 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House of Representatives is hoping a new app development competition will spark interest among high school students in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The House App Challenge – established by House members in 2013 – is calling on students in participating districts to compete by creating and exhibiting...

Tech Salaries Rise -- Just Not Around Washington

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology professionals in 2013 saw average pay increases of nearly 3 percent, but declining satisfaction with pay suggests many believe they could find a new, better position. That’s according to Dice’s 2013-2014 Salary Survey of more than 17,000 technology professionals. The survey found that average U.S. tech salaries increased 2.6...

31 Percent of Feds Will Be Eligible to Retire by 2017

January 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal workforce from 2004 to 2012 grew by more than 250,000 workers, in part due to the government’s increased mission focus on cybersecurity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The report, released Wednesday, outlined growth in mission critical job areas and permanent career positions, but...

Obama Pledges More Investment in Math and Science Education

January 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, President Obama recognized efforts being made by the Education Department and several states to help better prepare students for science, technology engineering and math fields. “Some of this change is hard,” Obama said. “It requires everything from more challenging curriculums...

What Millenials Want

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Millennials want to work for organizations that foster creativity and innovation, yet most aren’t expecting to find those opportunities at government agencies. That’s according to Deloitte’s third annual survey of nearly 7,800 Millennials (those born 1983 or later) from 28 countries about business, government and innovation. More than three-quarters (78...

The Toughest Cities for Recruiting Tech Talent

January 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It may be a surprise to some that San Francisco, New York and Washington are on the same list as cities in the Midwest for being the most difficult places to recruit technology talent. That’s according to the latest issue of the Dice Report, which identifies the top 12 U.S....

Federal Telework Surge Could Save $14 Billion Annually

January 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government could save roughly $14 billion annually if employees who are both interested and eligible to telework do so twice a week on average, according to new estimates. Global Workplace Analytics and the Telework Research Network on Wednesday released an update to its annual forecast for governmentwide telework...

Estimate Your Snow Day Savings Using the New Telework Toolkit

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies need not reinvent the wheel when it comes to measuring the return on investment of their telework programs; they can simply look to the models of 10 leading agencies that have documented their successes in a new toolkit. The Office of Personnel Management and Mobile Work Exchange on...

Telework Calculator Launches on Federal Snow Day

January 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Telework-ready federal employees were required to work on Tuesday after another snowstorm shut down federal offices in the Washington, D.C. region. And now, managers have a new toolkit to help them calculate how much telework saves them on days such as this, when productivity would otherwise be lost. Also on...

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