Nextgov - Authors - Brittany Ballenstedthttp://www.nextgov.comBrittany Ballenstedt writes <em>Nextgov</em>'s Wired Workplace blog, which delves into the issues facing employees who work in the federal information technology sector. Before joining <em>Nextgov</em>, Brittany covered federal pay and benefits issues as a staff correspondent for <em>Government Executive</em> and served as an associate editor for National Journal's <em>Technology Daily</em>. 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.en-usMon, 30 Jun 2014 10:22:41 -0400NASA’s JPL Is the Only Agency on a New Top IT Employer Listhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/nasas-jpl-only-agency-new-top-it-employer-list/87514/Should your agency have ranked?Brittany BallenstedtMon, 30 Jun 2014 10:22:41 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/nasas-jpl-only-agency-new-top-it-employer-list/87514/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceThe the control rooms at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Dark Room in the foreground, Deep Space Network control room on the right and the Mars Science Laboratory Mission Support Area back left.NASA file photoTraining Key to Federal IT Reformhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/training-key-reforming-federal-it/87433/Government IT workers say training would boost their confidence in making better IT decisions.Brittany BallenstedtFri, 27 Jun 2014 11:56:30 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/training-key-reforming-federal-it/87433/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceLightspring/Shutterstock.comMobility and Shrinking the Real Estate Footprinthttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/mobility-and-reducing-real-estate-footprint/87334/Getting rid of unused office space could save the federal government billions of dollars annually, report says.Brittany BallenstedtThu, 26 Jun 2014 12:08:14 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/mobility-and-reducing-real-estate-footprint/87334/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceTATSIANAMA/Shutterstock.comTwelve Agencies Seek to Hire Virtual Interns This Summerhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/twelve-agencies-post-virtual-internships-summer/86989/The initiative aims to promote innovation and bring in new ideas at no cost to the participating agency.Brittany BallenstedtMon, 23 Jun 2014 11:36:51 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/twelve-agencies-post-virtual-internships-summer/86989/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplace wrangler/Shutterstock.comTech Pros Demand Higher Starting Salarieshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/tech-pros-demanding-higher-starting-salaries/86881/Specialized skill sets allow candidates to be choosy when presented with a job offer.Brittany BallenstedtFri, 20 Jun 2014 09:29:44 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/tech-pros-demanding-higher-starting-salaries/86881/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplacevichie81/Shutterstock.comUpside to Shrinking Budgets? Innovation.http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/upside-shrinking-budgets-innovation/86803/Federal belt-tightening has seen some positive outcomes.Brittany BallenstedtThu, 19 Jun 2014 13:13:42 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/upside-shrinking-budgets-innovation/86803/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceI love photo/Shutterstock.comLack of Telework Opportunities Makes Government Lose Out on Top Hires http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/agencies-losing-out-top-hires-due-lack-telework/86680/Employees leave when agencies cannot offer flexible work arrangements, study finds.Brittany BallenstedtWed, 18 Jun 2014 09:53:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/agencies-losing-out-top-hires-due-lack-telework/86680/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceYeko Photo Studio/Shutterstock.comStreamlined Hiring Key for Attracting IT Proshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/streamlined-hiring-key-attracting-it-pros/86590/The laborious federal hiring process often means the public sector misses out on great talent.Brittany BallenstedtTue, 17 Jun 2014 11:51:31 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/streamlined-hiring-key-attracting-it-pros/86590/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceOlivier Le Moal/Shutterstock.comAgencies Graded B- on Mobilityhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/agencies-graded-b-mobility/86500/Many federal managers say their agencies aren't taking full advantage of mobile technologies, study finds.Brittany BallenstedtMon, 16 Jun 2014 11:39:16 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/agencies-graded-b-mobility/86500/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceSyda Productions/Shutterstock.comShould Federal Personnel Reform Start With IT?http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/should-federal-personnel-reform-start-it/86329/Or do past project failures still have you reeling against any personnel reform?Brittany BallenstedtThu, 12 Jun 2014 11:42:11 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/should-federal-personnel-reform-start-it/86329/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceJirsak/Shutterstock.comWhat the University of the Future Will Look Likehttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/what-university-future-will-look/86275/Tomorrow's higher-education institutions will be accessible, flexible, innovative and job-focused, emphasizing lifelong learning.Brittany BallenstedtWed, 11 Jun 2014 16:13:47 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/what-university-future-will-look/86275/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplacehxdbzxy/Shutterstock.comSurvey: Up to 70 Percent of Government IT Staff Will Depart Within 5 Years http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/survey-70-percent-government-it-staff-will-depart-within-5-years/86179/The top workforce challenge identified by CIOs was workforce planning.Brittany BallenstedtTue, 10 Jun 2014 15:35:16 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/survey-70-percent-government-it-staff-will-depart-within-5-years/86179/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceJirsak/Shutterstock.comWebinars Are on the Rise as Federal Conference Spending Shrinkshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/webinars-are-rise-federal-conference-spending-shrinks/85978/Feds still like their BlackBerrys for checking email, survey also finds.Brittany BallenstedtFri, 06 Jun 2014 10:59:48 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/webinars-are-rise-federal-conference-spending-shrinks/85978/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplacecorgarashu/shutterstock.comWhen Federal CIOs and Hiring Staff Work Together for IT Talenthttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/when-federal-cios-and-hiring-staff-work-together-it-talent/85921/Fostering that relationship will be one topic at this year’s CIO Council Boot Camp.Brittany BallenstedtThu, 05 Jun 2014 16:56:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/when-federal-cios-and-hiring-staff-work-together-it-talent/85921/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceLightspring/Shutterstock.comCyber Workforce Honor Rollhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/cyber-workforce-honor-roll/85792/Feds' achievements honored at info-sec leadership awards.Brittany BallenstedtWed, 04 Jun 2014 14:04:27 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/cyber-workforce-honor-roll/85792/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplaceurfin/Shutterstock.comWhat Google Lacks in Diversity It Makes Up for in Salarieshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/what-google-lacks-diversity-it-makes-salaries/85711/Federal agencies don't even make it onto the salary list that Google tops.Brittany BallenstedtTue, 03 Jun 2014 13:45:48 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/what-google-lacks-diversity-it-makes-salaries/85711/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceKen Wolter / Shutterstock.comLack of Training Hampers Agency Cyber Incident Responsehttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/lack-training-hampers-agency-cyber-incident-response/85630/GAO looked at six departments' cyber responses in 2012.Brittany BallenstedtMon, 02 Jun 2014 15:08:58 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/06/lack-training-hampers-agency-cyber-incident-response/85630/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplacephotokup/Shutterstock.comThe Link Between STEM Training and Civil Rightshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/link-between-stem-training-and-civil-rights/85411/Sixty years after a landmark Supreme Court decision, education in the United States remains separate and unequal for many.Brittany BallenstedtThu, 29 May 2014 14:11:31 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/link-between-stem-training-and-civil-rights/85411/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplacewavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.comPreparing for a Shortage of Feds in Science and Techhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/preparing-shortage-feds-science-and-tech/85312/Six steps can help agencies formulate their STEMM succession plans.Brittany BallenstedtWed, 28 May 2014 17:49:56 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/preparing-shortage-feds-science-and-tech/85312/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplace18percentgrey/Shutterstock.comWhite House Spotlights Contributions of Girls in STEMhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/white-house-spotlights-contributions-girls-stem/85234/Science Fair emphasizes young women who are excelling in science, technology, engineering and math.Brittany BallenstedtTue, 27 May 2014 14:32:24 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/white-house-spotlights-contributions-girls-stem/85234/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplacePresident Barack Obama talks with Elana Simon, 18, of New York City, about her cancer research project that is part of the 2014 White House Science Fair exhibit.Susan Walsh/APIs Your Manager Becoming Less Committed to Telework?http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/your-manager-becoming-less-committed-telework/84991/Some 45 percent surveyed perceive a waning commitment to flexibility from their employers.Brittany BallenstedtThu, 22 May 2014 10:06:21 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/your-manager-becoming-less-committed-telework/84991/CIO Briefing - Wired Workplacestockfoto/Shutterstock.comDHS Cyber Workforce Legislation Advanceshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/dhs-cyber-workforce-legislation-advances/84967/An amendment requires DHS to implement NIST cyber workforce framework.Brittany BallenstedtWed, 21 May 2014 17:18:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/dhs-cyber-workforce-legislation-advances/84967/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplacePersonnel Reform and Better Technology Are Intrinsically Linkedhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/personnel-reform-and-better-technology-are-intrinsically-linked/84838/It isn't enough to ask employees to do more with less -- they must do things differently.Brittany BallenstedtTue, 20 May 2014 18:08:42 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/personnel-reform-and-better-technology-are-intrinsically-linked/84838/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceMaksim Kabakou/Shutterstock.comWomen Are Still Scarce in IT Leadership Roleshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/women-are-still-scarce-it-leadership-roles/84826/Researchers expect a decline in female CIOs will reverse in coming years.Brittany BallenstedtTue, 20 May 2014 12:58:57 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/women-are-still-scarce-it-leadership-roles/84826/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comOne Airman's Journey From Linguist to Cyber Warriorhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/one-airmans-journey-linguist-cyber-warrior/84577/Programs like the Cyber Warrior Scholarship and the post-9/11 GI Bill are helping veterans transition into cyber jobs.Brittany BallenstedtFri, 16 May 2014 09:57:26 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/05/one-airmans-journey-linguist-cyber-warrior/84577/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceMaksim Kabakou/Shutterstock.com