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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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2015 Budget Would Boost Investments in STEM Education

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget blueprint released Tuesday proposes a number of changes to improving and strengthening the quality and quantity of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. One proposed change is a governmentwide reorganization of STEM education programs that have traditionally been fragmented across various agencies. ...

Telework Yields $32 Million in Snow Day Savings

March 3, 2014 Monday marks the fourth snow closure for federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area this winter season, and, ironically, the start to this year’s Telework Week. For federal employees who telework, the closures still meant business as usual, and their efforts have yielded millions in savings for government agencies. New ...

Telework Keeps DISA Up and Running

February 28, 2014 Wednesday marked another day of snowfall in the Washington, D.C., area that left federal employees with the option to take unscheduled leave or telework to avoid the slippery commute into the office. Most of the Defense Information Systems Agency's employees were prepared the evening before. That’s because employees received an ...

Three Agencies Stretch Their Funding With Shared Services

February 27, 2014 Federal agencies need not reinvent the wheel when it comes to consolidating and sharing services such as information technology. A few agencies are leading the way in this area to help stretch funding and resources, though the potential for more collaboration still exists, according to a new report by the ...

Federal CIO Council Refocuses on Workforce

February 26, 2014 The Federal Chief Information Officers Council is prioritizing information technology workforce issues by reestablishing the Workforce Committee in its reorganization. In a blog post on CIO.gov on Tuesday, the CIO Council announced the reestablishment of the workforce committee to focus resources on helping CIOs create a top-notch IT workforce. The ...

Is a 1 Percent Pay Raise Enough for Federal Tech Employees?

February 25, 2014 President Obama’s 2015 budget blueprint set for release March 4 will include a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees and military service members next year. One percent is the same amount federal workers received in 2014, ending a three-year pay freeze. The White House official announcing the inclusion ...

What Government Data Can Do About the Shortage of Science and Tech Skills

February 24, 2014 Experts from both the public and private sector are coming together to develop new products and prototypes to help address the shortages of workers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Entrepreneurs, data manipulators, human resource experts, federal data owners and government leaders met up in late January to brainstorm ...

Telework Isn't Just About Work-Life Flexibility; It's an Operational Strategy

February 21, 2014 The federal government will not reap all the benefits of telework until it lets go of some commonly-held myths and begins looking at telework as a strategic management tool. That’s according to a new report by Flex+Strategy Group, which found that most telework stereotypes do not match reality. The typical ...

USDA Talks Telework

February 19, 2014 One of the government’s leading agencies on telework is bringing together federal employees and managers to address some of the specific challenges and opportunities identified in the Office of Personnel Management’s recent telework status report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the six-part “Let’s Talk Telework” webinar series, free ...

Women Fleeing Science, Tech Fields

February 18, 2014 The talent pipeline of female workers in science, engineering and technology fields is on the rise, yet many women – faced with hostile work environments, extreme work pressures and isolation – are fleeing these in-demand fields in droves. That’s according to “Athena 2.0,” a new report by the Center for ...