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Brittany Ballenstedt

Brittany Ballenstedt

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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.
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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Around Government

Sequestration relief, why feds aren’t teleworking, big data saves lives.

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Telework Keeps People On the Job Longer

Flexibility may slow boomer retirements.

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Should We Ban After-Hours Work Emails?

Some companies are restricting employees' off-duty device time.

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GSA Offers Online Training in Conference Etiquette

Agency uses Blackboard platform to draw teachable moment from conference 'mistake.'

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The Four-Hour Workweek Fantasy

Experience suggests employees want to matter more, not work less.

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HR and Legal Implications of BYOD

Security isn't the only concern when feds use their own devices for work.

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James Bond and the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Experts

Present the field in an intriguing light to capture the interest of youth, expert says.

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Bonuses for Federal Tech Workers?

It's theoretically possible.

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Who Foots the BYOD Bill?

Reimbursement is one roadblock to having employees use their personal technology for work.

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Six Desks for Every 10 Workers of the Future?

By 2020, U.S. organizations are projected to reduce office space by almost one-fifth.

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Innovation Station

OPM’s idea lab uses open spaces and human-centered design to foster collaboration on special projects.

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Does BYOD Boost Productivity?

Feds say bring-your-own-device policies could help agencies prove themselves to Millenials.

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Looking for a Job? Use Social Media

More hiring managers are using websites like Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with candidates.

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Federal IT Workers Have Cause for Pay Envy

Private sector techies are headed for an average 5.3 percent bump in 2013, salary guide predicts.

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Teleworking, Silicon Valley Style

Managers have to trust employees for telework to work.

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IT Workers Are Staying Put Longer

Median tenure in some jobs is more than seven years.

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Are Advanced Degrees Must-Haves?

Many tech pros don't think so.

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Feds fight back against claim they work less

Report doesn’t account for overtime disparities, critics note.

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Job Interviews By Video

Practice is growing more prevalent in age of budget pressures and telework.

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'Bring Your Own Device' for Beginners

New guidance will help agencies establish policies on using personal devices for work.