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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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White House boosts effort to keep fake products out of procurement

September 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has created an interagency working group to stop counterfeit goods from entering the supply chains that support Defense Department weapons systems and private sector electronic goods, the nation's first intellectual property czar said on Tuesday. "The implications of DoD procuring counterfeit goods are negative and obvious," said ...

A DNI Legal Leak

September 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed 2007 guidelines used to investigate and respond to leaks of classified information, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by government secrecy expert Steven Aftergood. The Wikileaks website published a 2002 version of the handbook a couple years ago. ...

Texting About A Texting Ban

September 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In something of an irony, the Transportation Department considered comments from an online dialogue promoted via text-messaging service Twitter to finalize a new rule that bans commercial truck and bus operators from texting while driving. The regulation, which was published in Monday's Federal Register, cites comments contributed by Cornell Law ...

HUD issues to IBM new, cheaper financial management upgrade

September 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 5:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, to include comments from Housing and Urban Development Department officials. IBM has won a new $129 million contract to upgrade the Housing and Urban Development Department's financial management system, following the department's decision to scale back a prior design, ...

Debate heats up over police access to data in the cloud

September 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Law enforcement officials told Congress on Thursday that restricting data in the cloud from surveillance would jeopardize public safety. Authorities "must have reasonably expeditious access to stored information that may constitute evidence of a crime committed, or about to be committed, regardless of the technology platform on which it resides ...

Lawmakers ask White House to stop DHS financial system

September 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says DHS has not defined system requirements or a transition strategy.Ron Sachs/Newscom House Democrats this month went over the heads of Homeland Security Department officials and appealed directly to the White House to cancel a financial management system project that could cost as much as $1 ...

From Nextgov.com: Lawmakers ask White House to stop DHS financial system

September 24, 2010 House Democrats this month went over the heads of Homeland Security Department officials and appealed directly to the White House to cancel a financial management system project that could cost as much as $1 billion. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

A More Serious Twitter Breach

September 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When hackers on Tuesday exploited a security flaw on the social-networking service Twitter to corrupt messages from users -- including the White House press secretary's account -- the breach seemed to be a joke rather than an effort to bring down systems. No one appeared to take the threat seriously ...

Feds continued to Tweet despite attack on the service

September 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the attack did not cause him to stop Tweeting.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Many federal agencies on Tuesday continued to update the public about government initiatives on the text-messaging service Twitter despite a bug that infected entries, including those sent by the White House press ...

Server Consolidation Hires, Then Fires

September 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whatever the outcome of the White House's initiative to consolidate costly federal data centers, the transition presents a dilemma for contract employees. They stand to gain business by aggregating servers, and, then lose a substantial amount of maintenance and support work once systems are combined or outsourced. This is one ...