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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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Justice balks at requiring law enforcement officers to obtain search warrants for all digital data

April 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With Congress expected to take action on Internet privacy legislation this year, the Justice Department on Wednesday warned lawmakers against mandating that law enforcement officers obtain search warrants to access all online communications. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., invited Obama administration officials to share their concerns and suggestions about...

Deployed troops to get new security tool, allowing access to latest computers

April 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Troops in the Middle East should soon have faster, safer access to the latest computers on the market, as a result of a small disk the Defense Department developed that instantly standardizes the security settings on Microsoft Windows desktops deployed overseas, Pentagon officials said. Military personnel assigned to the Combined...

With shutdown looming, IRS software providers face confusion

April 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With less than two weeks to go before the April 18 tax-filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service has not instructed its partner software providers on how to carryout electronic filing if the government shuts down April 9, officials from TurboTax-maker Intuit said. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are struggling to agree...

From Nextgov.com: With shutdown looming, IRS software providers face confusion

April 5, 2011 With less than two weeks to go before the April 18 tax-filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service has not instructed its partner software providers on how to carryout electronic filing if the government shuts down April 9, officials from TurboTax-maker Intuit said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

White House push to help technology startups gets mixed reviews

April 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In May 2009, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told an auditorium full of venture capitalists that the White House would make it a goal to buy innovative technology from atypical contractors like startups and Silicon Valley Web outfits. Two years later, that kind of outreach is on the rise,...

From Nextgov.com: White House push to help technology startups gets mixed reviews

April 4, 2011 In May 2009, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told an auditorium full of venture capitalists that the White House would make it a goal to buy innovative technology from atypical contractors like startups and Silicon Valley Web outfits. Two years later, that kind of outreach is on the rise,...

Deltek shores up public sector market research with FedSources acquisition

April 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The two chief competitors in public sector market research are no longer fighting for each others' customers: INPUT's parent company, Deltek Inc., on Friday announced a $26 million acquisition of rival business intelligence firm FedSources. Deltek, a global enterprise software provider based in Herndon, Va., bought McLean, Va.-based Washington Management...

Buying Innovation

April 1, 2011 Agencies look to startup firms for new technology, but the rules are restrictive. In May 2009, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told an auditorium full of venture capitalists that the White House would make it a goal to buy innovative technology from atypical contractors like startups and Silicon Valley...

White House Releases IT Dashboard Code for Fixes

March 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is releasing the software code for a website it uses to track the performance of big computing projects, as a way to fix program glitches and share the tool with other government bodies, according to the federal chief information officer. The so-called IT Dashboard monitors the budget,...

IG: IRS is failing to protect taxpayer information in emails

March 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Internal Revenue Service employees are not protecting sensitive information when they communicate with taxpayers through email, federal investigators reported Thursday. According to a 2010 audit, unauthorized employees often exchanged messages with taxpayers and the IRS failed to ensure emails were indecipherable to intruders. "We believe that many of these employees...