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Brittany Ballenstedt

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Brittany Ballenstedt
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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Training Key to Federal IT Reform

Government IT workers say training would boost their confidence in making better IT decisions.

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Mobility and Shrinking the Real Estate Footprint

Getting rid of unused office space could save the federal government billions of dollars annually, report says.

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Twelve Agencies Seek to Hire Virtual Interns This Summer

The initiative aims to promote innovation and bring in new ideas at no cost to the participating agency.

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Tech Pros Demand Higher Starting Salaries

Specialized skill sets allow candidates to be choosy when presented with a job offer.

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Upside to Shrinking Budgets? Innovation.

Federal belt-tightening has seen some positive outcomes.

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Lack of Telework Opportunities Makes Government Lose Out on Top Hires

Employees leave when agencies cannot offer flexible work arrangements, study finds.

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Streamlined Hiring Key for Attracting IT Pros

The laborious federal hiring process often means the public sector misses out on great talent.

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Agencies Graded B- on Mobility

Many federal managers say their agencies aren't taking full advantage of mobile technologies, study finds.

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Should Federal Personnel Reform Start With IT?

Or do past project failures still have you reeling against any personnel reform?

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What the University of the Future Will Look Like

Tomorrow's higher-education institutions will be accessible, flexible, innovative and job-focused, emphasizing lifelong learning.

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Webinars Are on the Rise as Federal Conference Spending Shrinks

Feds still like their BlackBerrys for checking email, survey also finds.

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When Federal CIOs and Hiring Staff Work Together for IT Talent

Fostering that relationship will be one topic at this year’s CIO Council Boot Camp.

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Cyber Workforce Honor Roll

Feds' achievements honored at info-sec leadership awards.

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What Google Lacks in Diversity It Makes Up for in Salaries

Federal agencies don't even make it onto the salary list that Google tops.

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The Link Between STEM Training and Civil Rights

Sixty years after a landmark Supreme Court decision, education in the United States remains separate and unequal for many.

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Preparing for a Shortage of Feds in Science and Tech

Six steps can help agencies formulate their STEMM succession plans.

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White House Spotlights Contributions of Girls in STEM

Science Fair emphasizes young women who are excelling in science, technology, engineering and math.