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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Social Security Administration assigns modernization work

September 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration has assigned four vendors specific jobs within a multibillion-dollar contract to support the agency's modernization program, rather than have the companies compete against each other for the work, agency officials said on Friday. The decision differs from some procurement specialists' expectation that the agency would let ...

From Nextgov.com: Veterans Affairs reports 10 missing laptops in August

September 17, 2010 The Veterans Affairs Department discovered 10 laptops were missing from its inventory in August, an unusually high number of lost computers, VA's chief information officer said on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

RAT Board Proposes ID System

September 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head inspector of stimulus spending on Wednesday issued a formal white paper, imploring the administration to regulate the way federal agencies label awards so they all use a common naming convention for all types of loans, grants and contracts. The lack of a uniform naming convention for awards is ...

OMB cancels financial system development at SBA and VA

September 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients says a review of financial systems is generating results.Carrie Devorah/Newscom White House officials announced on Wednesday they have canceled upgrades to financial management systems at the Small Business Administration and the Veterans Affairs Department as part of a strategy to save about $1 billion a ...

From Nextgov.com: OMB cancels financial system development at SBA and VA

September 15, 2010 White House officials announced on Wednesday they have canceled upgrades to financial management systems at the Small Business Administration and the Veterans Affairs Department as part of a strategy to save about $1 billion a year. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Open Health Data Ain't Free

September 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A major medical association has released data on the performance of heart surgeons, in what bloggers are calling the "open health data movement," in reference to the Obama administration's open government initiative. The president's program involves releasing metrics detailing the inner workings of government via public websites. The Society of ...

Accountability starts with Networx transition, data center consolidation

September 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House will begin this fall publicly grading agency chief information officers on their efforts to upgrade and consolidate information technology operations, Office of Management and Budget officials said on Tuesday. The move is part of a new accountability initiative President Obama announced to senior executives in the federal ...

Watch for Defense FAR Changes

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A study by internal government watchdogs found Defense Department contracts are missing certain provisions for protecting confidential government data, an omission that may leave sensitive files vulnerable to disclosure or misuse by company employees. But the footnotes of the audit indicate that changes to the guidelines are expected this month. ...

GAO finds contractors have inappropriate access to private data

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal watchdogs have found that current governmentwide contracting policies give vendors inappropriate access to sensitive government data, and they recommend the White House instruct agencies to require vendors to sign nondisclosure agreements. Nearly half the federal contracts the Government Accountability Office reviewed did not protect "all relevant types of sensitive ...

SSA awards $2.8 billion services support contract

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration has awarded a contract for information technology support potentially worth $2.8 billion to Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., federal contracting officers announced Monday afternoon. The agency designed the deal to be split among several vendors, with the expectation that competition ...