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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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NASA quickly fills chief technologist slot

November 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cornell University professor Mason Peck has been tapped to serve as NASA chief technologist, space agency officials announced Tuesday, following last month's exit of Bobby Braun, the first person to hold the position in a decade. Peck will start work in January 2012 on incorporating the space agency's new high-tech...

Auditors blast DHS' $1.5 billion border plan

November 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors slammed a $1.5 billion border security program expected to replace a failed virtual fence in Arizona that already has cost taxpayers $1 billion. Plans for a follow-on to the now-defunct Secure Border Initiative network don't include a believable price estimate and fail to document the rationale for the...

Auditors blast DHS' $1.5 billion border plan

November 7, 2011 Federal auditors slammed a $1.5 billion border security program expected to replace a failed virtual fence in Arizona that already has cost taxpayers $1 billion. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Senate Intel Chair Demands 'Aggressive' Response to Chinese, Russian Hacking

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is calling for an "aggressive" response to an unprecedented counterintelligence report that names names -- specifically China and Russia -- in its allegations of cyberespionage. On Thursday, the National Intelligence Director's office released a study stating, "Chinese actors are the world's most active...

FBI, Homeland Security defer to each other on criminal immigrants' data

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to reflect the fact that Republicans late Friday issued subpoenas for the records they are seeking. The Homeland Security Department and FBI apparently are at odds over which agency is responsible for the criminal records of illegal immigrants. House Republicans on Friday subpoenaed those records for...

FBI, Homeland Security defer to each other on immigrants' data

November 4, 2011 The Homeland Security Department and FBI apparently are at odds over which agency is responsible for the criminal records of illegal immigrants. House Republicans on Friday subpoenaed those records for evidence of possible public safety threats. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Tech firms warn about global threat of digital protectionism

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. technology firms are urging the Obama administration to stop foreign countries from blocking global Internet commerce under the pretense of national security. Google and Microsoft joined the nonprofit National Foreign Trade Council on Thursday to release policy recommendations aimed at thwarting "digital protectionism," presumably in countries such as China....

Corporate IT Pros are Skeptical of the Cloud, but Feds March On

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Obama administration hurries to save billions of dollars by moving federal computing online, a new study shows that few information technology managers at leading-edge companies believe Internet "cloud" storage is as secure as in-house data centers. One third of private-sector IT practitioners questioned by the Ponemon Institute believe...

Corporate Intelligence

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Businesses operating critical infrastructure, such as the energy and banking sectors, want to join a new government program that would give them access to classified intelligence on cyber threats. The program, which is currently restricted to certain defense contractors, is aimed at strengthening commercial networks serving the military. The thinking...

TSA mum on missing deadline for 100 percent cargo screening

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Explosives concealed in cargo on international U.S.-bound passenger planes could go undetected, since the Transportation Security Administration has apparently failed, for the second time, to meet a deadline for scanning all parcels on overseas planes, House Democrats warned TSA officials in a letter demanding an explanation. A year ago, U.S....