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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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Federal Telework Surge Could Save $14 Billion Annually

January 24, 2014 The federal government could save roughly $14 billion annually if employees who are both interested and eligible to telework do so twice a week on average, according to new estimates. Global Workplace Analytics and the Telework Research Network on Wednesday released an update to its annual forecast for governmentwide telework ...

Estimate Your Snow Day Savings Using the New Telework Toolkit

January 22, 2014 Federal agencies need not reinvent the wheel when it comes to measuring the return on investment of their telework programs; they can simply look to the models of 10 leading agencies that have documented their successes in a new toolkit. The Office of Personnel Management and Mobile Work Exchange on ...

Telework Calculator Launches on Federal Snow Day

January 21, 2014 Telework-ready federal employees were required to work on Tuesday after another snowstorm shut down federal offices in the Washington, D.C. region. And now, managers have a new toolkit to help them calculate how much telework saves them on days such as this, when productivity would otherwise be lost. Also on ...

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January 21, 2014 Sequestration Relief The easing of spending caps could stave off more furloughs, at least for now. Agencies likely won’t have to force employees to take unpaid leave in 2014, but accomplishing their missions could still prove difficult. In December 2013, Congress finally came together to pass a bipartisan budget compromise, ...

Should Agencies Spend Money on Trainings If There's a Free Virtual Version?

January 17, 2014 Federal agencies saved hundreds of millions of dollars through reduced conference spending over the past three years, and social networking website GovLoop wants to help agencies save even more through virtual conferences, career fairs and training. GovLoop this year will stand up a virtual government training division that will work ...

How the Cloud Could Be Helping Agencies More

January 15, 2014 Federal agencies are aware of the benefits of cloud computing – from information sharing to cost reductions to personnel efficiency – yet many are still in the early stages of deploying it, according to a new survey. A survey of 223 federal, state and local government employees and contractors included ...

Many Feds Take Security Risks With Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets

January 14, 2014 Most federal employees are taking steps to secure agency data – from locking their computers when away from their desk to storing files in a safe place – but many are not taking the same care when it comes to mobile devices. That’s according to a new report by Mobile ...

BYOD News: The Scramble to Get All the New Devices Online After the Holidays

January 10, 2014 With the holidays now behind us, federal IT shops may have been overwhelmed this week with the new device deluge – federal employees bringing their new tech gadgets gifts into work and in many cases onto government agency networks. IBM’s recently released Digital Analytics Benchmark showed that mobile traffic accounted ...

Top Info Security Execs Earn as Much as Other Chiefs

January 9, 2014 There’s good news for chief information security officers: Your salaries are often on par with other chief-level executives across an organization, though it may depend on which of those chiefs you call your boss. A recent survey of cybersecurity professionals in more than 130 large commercial organizations by the Ponemon ...

Few IT Pros Aspire to CIO Ranks

January 6, 2014 If you’re an information technology worker, chances are you’re not aspiring to the top IT job of chief information officer. That’s according to a new Computerworld survey of 489 IT professionals that found just 32 percent of respondents said their career aspirations include becoming a CIO. More than half (55 ...