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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.

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Tech Unemployment Falls to 2.7 Percent

April 14, 2014 Unemployment for technology professionals fell significantly in the first quarter of 2014, in large part thanks to the growth in fields like technology consulting, according to a new analysis by Dice.com. Dice’s Tech Employment Snapshot for the first quarter of 2014 shows that the unemployment rate for technology professionals fell ...

Are Fed Promotions Merit-Based? Managers, Staff Disagree

April 11, 2014 There are some significant disparities between federal managers and employees when it comes to viewing areas like promotions and recognizing innovation, according to a new Partnership for Public Service analysis. The report – a snapshot of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis – found that federal ...

Telework Week Saved Feds 14 Million Miles, $13 Million

April 10, 2014 Mobile Work Exchange and the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday announced the impact more than 163,000 employees worldwide had by teleworking one week in March. This year’s Telework Week, which ran March 3-7, drew 163,973 pledges, more than four times the 2011 number. The average Telework Week participant teleworked ...

Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap for Tech Pros With Security Clearance

April 8, 2014 As President Obama signed two executive orders Tuesday to narrow the gap in wages for men and women in the federal contracting workforce, some new data points suggest such efforts may have a positive impact in eliminating the wage gap for female technology professionals who hold an active security clearance. ...

Is It Time to Make Cyber Jobs a National Imperative?

April 4, 2014 With research showing a vast shortage of skilled talent to fill cybersecurity jobs, it may be time for the United States to make cybersecurity a national imperative in much the same way it did with aerospace technology, nuclear science and biotechnology. That’s according to Sam Visner, vice president and general ...

DHS Telework System Lacks a Disaster Plan, IG Says

April 3, 2014 The Homeland Security Department’s system to enable telework needs new capabilities to ensure employees can access systems and data during an emergency situation, according to a new report by the department’s inspector general. DHS, which is implementing its Workplace as a Service, or WPaaS, program to enhance telework as part ...

Is it Finally Time to Overhaul the Federal Personnel System?

April 2, 2014 Would the federal government be better off with a more flexible, market-driven pay system that allows it to more effectively compete with other sectors for highly-skilled talent in science, technology, engineering and math fields? Yes, says a new report by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton, ...

What a 3.3 Percent Pay Hike Could Mean for IT

March 28, 2014 A group of House Democrats on Wednesday proposed legislation that would authorize a 3.3 percent across-the-board pay increase for federal workers in 2015. For federal IT workers in particular, the proposed pay hike – which is more than three times the amount proposed by President Obama in his fiscal 2015 ...

IT Grads Rank 14 Agencies as Top Employers

March 26, 2014 Who says young computer science graduates do not want to work for federal agencies? A new report lists the top 100 ideal employers among undergraduate computer science students, and 14 federal agencies made the list. The latest survey of more than 46,000 undergraduate students by branding consultancy Universum found that ...

Security-Cleared IT, Cyber Pros See Fatter Paychecks in 2013

March 25, 2014 Despite a declining job market and salaries for security-cleared professionals overall in the past two years – in large part due to budget cuts, furloughs and sequestration – there’s two fields that were immune to those declines and hardships: IT and cybersecurity. A survey of nearly 21,000 security-cleared professionals by ...