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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 it Time to Retire ‘Telework?’

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent report by Global Workforce Analytics and Citrix found that a few respondents believe that the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act has actually hindered the progress of telework at their agency. Instead of focusing on a broader mobility strategy, for example, some telework coordinators believe the law has narrowed their ...

Viral Video Aims to Inspire Girls to Enter Science and Tech Fields

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a lot more to our young girls than just pink and princesses; they may well hold the keys to solving the skills gap in high-tech and engineering jobs. That is the message of a new video that has gone viral on YouTube this week promoting GoldieBlox, a start-up ...

Some Say Telework Law Hinders Federal Telework

November 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many experts tout the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act as a boon for boosting telework participation in the federal government, a few federal telework executives are not so fond of the law. A survey of 120 federal telework coordinators and executives by Global Workplace Analytics and Citrix found that a ...

New Program Preps Veterans for Wireless Careers

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House and industry groups are teaming up again to connect more than 5,000 transitioning veterans to high-tech jobs. The White House Office of Science and Technology policy on Wednesday announced Warriors for Wireless -- a new nonprofit program that involves partnering with private sector telecommunications companies to help ...

Auditors Don't Yet See Cost Benefits of Telework or Hoteling

November 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several federal agencies are exploring or moving forward on efforts to increase telework or hoteling programs to reduce their real estate footprint, yet most of these efforts are still too young for agencies to realize space reductions or cost savings, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. ...

Cybersecurity Experts Will Face Off in Mock NetWars

November 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cybersecurity competitions are no longer limited to just high school and college students. Hundreds of experienced cybersecurity professionals will gather in Washington Dec. 15-16 for the SANS Institute’s second annual NetWars Tournament of Champions, which will pit the best and brightest security professionals against each other to determine who has ...

A Declining Number of Feds Feel Empowered to Innovate

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Faced with the constant pressures of doing more with less, many agencies and IT leaders are looking to infuse innovation into their cultures and strategic plans. There's a problem though: Fewer and fewer federal employees believe that creativity and innovation are rewarded at their agency. The 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint ...

Are CIOs Still Relevant?

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is the role of the chief information officer losing relevance? The answer depends on who you ask. A new survey by Tech Pro Research found a disconnect in the ways CIOs and chief technology officers and their non-IT counterparts perceive the CIO role within their organization. The majority (64 percent) ...

The Return on Investment for Big Data Is Far Lower Than Promised

November 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With new computers and software enabling the ability to store and analyze data faster and at a lower cost than ever before, it’s all too easy for federal leaders to become overwhelmed, so much so that many are failing to tie that data to specific mission-focused goals. But as agencies ...

Federal Telework Use and Satisfaction Are Rising

November 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While federal employees are registering lower levels of satisfaction with their jobs, pay and organization than just two years ago, due in large part to pay freezes and budget cuts, there is at least one area where satisfaction is on the rise: telework. The 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, released ...