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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 details sweeping changes to federal computing

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's chief information officer on Thursday detailed proposals for some of the most sweeping changes to hit federal computing since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act created agency CIO jobs. Most of the 25-point action plan revolves around trying to establish a so-called modular approach to launching new applications, in which ...

White House kills e-flood insurance project

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has pulled the plug on a program to automate the processing of flood insurance claims, as part of a review of vital information technology systems at risk of squandering the government's nearly $80 billion IT budget. Federal officials recently reviewed 16 of 26 projects that were incurring ...

From Nextgov.com: White House details sweeping changes to federal computing

December 9, 2010 The government's chief information officer on Thursday detailed proposals for some of the most sweeping changes to hit federal computing since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act created agency CIO jobs. Most of the 25-point action plan revolves around trying to establish a so-called modular approach to launching new applications, in which ...

State Tweets Down Wikileaks

December 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department has taken to the Twittersphere to shoot down rumors the government pressured PayPal to sever ties with WikiLeaks, which had been using the online payment service to collect donations. "The U.S. government did not write to PayPal requesting any action regarding #WikiLeaks. Not true," State spokesman P.J. ...

Advocacy group urges a broader view of data mining

December 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many federal efforts that arguably use data mining might be flying under the radar because the law requiring agencies to report on such activities applies a very narrow definition of the practice, according to a Constitution Project report released on Tuesday. Broadening that definition was among several policy recommendations the ...

LOC Blocks Analysts from Researching WikiLeaks

December 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Library of Congress, which recently shutoff access to WikiLeaks on its computers, may be unintentionally undermining the research its analysts perform for lawmakers, classification expert Steven Aftergood, who regularly publishes a government secrecy newsletter, blogged on Monday. The Congressional Research Service, a branch of the library that scours bills, ...

SEC scraps plans for new data center

December 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Securities and Exchange Commission has called off plans to a lease a new data center, according to agency contracting officials. The move, as the end of its current contract nears, marks the second time the regulatory agency has abandoned efforts to find a home for one of two primary ...

Loopholes in global aviation system pose challenges to effective screening, officials say

December 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Loopholes in the global aviation system beyond the control of the Homeland Security Department are stymieing steps to bolster screening, several federal officials told lawmakers. "Legal and cultural factors sometimes inhibit harmonization efforts" to standardize security measures, said Steve Lord, director of homeland security and justice issues for the Government ...

From Nextgov.com: Loopholes in global aviation system pose challenges to effective screening, officials say

December 3, 2010 Loopholes in the global aviation system beyond the control of the Homeland Security Department are stymieing steps to bolster screening, several federal officials told lawmakers. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

OMB to Detail IT Overhaul Via Webcast

December 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During a webcast next Thursday morning, Office of Management and Budget officials will flesh out the Obama administration's recently-announced strategy to update the way agencies acquire and access information technology. The Dec. 9 Forum on IT Management Reform will be held at the White House at 8:30 a.m. and streamed ...