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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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Major IT Vendors Violated Labor Laws

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors identified four information technology contractors that have committed big violations of health or wage regulations, as part of an investigation of 15 suppliers with prior offenses that won awards totaling more than $6 billion in 2009. A Government Accountability Office review of previous labor violations by federal contractors, ...

Cyber czar asks public to stop, think and connect

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Howard Schmidt, the federal cybersecurity czar, announced on Monday a publicity campaign that will instruct Americans to take responsibility for their own online safety. The launch of the initiative "Stop. Think. Connect" coincides with the start of the 7th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which the Homeland Security Department sponsors. ...

Recent large IT contracts could cut prices for government, experts say

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration, Homeland Security Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each have awarded during the past month multibillion dollar, comprehensive information technology contracts that could prevent the types of cost overruns that have long plagued projects of all sizes, according to some procurement experts. The ...

From Nextgov.com: Recent large IT contracts could cut prices for government, experts say

October 4, 2010 The Social Security Administration, Homeland Security Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each have awarded during the past month multibillion dollar, comprehensive information technology contracts that could prevent the types of cost overruns that have long plagued projects of all sizes, according to some procurement experts. Read ...

FOIA Workers Need Money, Tech

October 4, 2010 Federal employees who are responsible for administering the Freedom of Information Act say their offices are too short-staffed, underfunded and technologically inept to process requests as expeditiously as the White House wants, according to a survey conducted by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The day after taking ...

CDC increases competition with $5 billion IT contract

October 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed a $5 billion deal with 30 vendors that will compete for information technology work during the next decade, CDC officials said on Thursday. The agreement, which consolidates several expiring IT contracts, continues and expands a seven-year initiative called the CDC Information ...

From Nextgov.com: CDC increases competition with $5 billion IT contract

October 1, 2010 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed a $5 billion deal with 30 vendors that will compete for information technology work during the next decade, CDC officials said on Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Keeping the Door Open

October 1, 2010 As the newness wears off, transparency could be losing its shine. Some fear the open government movement will lose steam if the White House doesn't get serious about forcing federal agencies to stick to President Obama's transparency dictum. According to government watchdog groups, the administration gushes over agencies that exceed ...

Survey: FOIA Workers Need $$$, Tech

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees who are responsible for administering the Freedom of Information Act say their offices are too short-staffed, underfunded and technologically inept to process requests as expeditiously as the White House wants, according to a survey conducted by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The day after taking ...

Space agency is headed for new information security requirements

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Wednesday night approved a policy bill with language mandating that NASA keep lawmakers updated on an effort to monitor cybersecurity threats in real-time across agency computer networks. The NASA reauthorization act (S. 3729), which the House passed 304-118, requires the space agency to provide Congress with details ...