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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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Senate buys time by extending parts of Patriot Act

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate voted 86-12 on Tuesday night to extend for three months key surveillance clauses in the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act, in essence buying time to settle arguments over whether to add civil rights protections or make the provisions permanent. Democrats were under pressure to act on the measures, after...

Homeland Security seeks major boost in cybersecurity funds

February 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has requested an unprecedented $936 million in funding for fiscal 2012 to grow the federal cybersecurity workforce and enhance network protections. President Obama's budget would grant DHS, which last year assumed responsibility for governmentwide cyber operations, a $100 million increase over funding enacted the last time...

From Nextgov.com: Homeland Security seeks major boost in cybersecurity funds

February 15, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has requested an unprecedented $936 million in funding for fiscal 2012 to grow the federal cybersecurity workforce and enhance network protections. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Administration's 2012 budget plan relies on IT savings

February 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tim Sloan/Newscom President Obama is asking Congress to end, pare back, or overhaul 211 federal services to recapture $33 billion in 2012 as part of a five-year freeze on discretionary nonsecurity funding. The programs targeted for the chopping block in the president's 2012 budget partly rely on three information technology...

From Nextgov.com: Administration's 2012 budget plan relies on IT savings

February 14, 2011 President Obama is asking Congress to end, pare back, or overhaul 211 federal services to recapture $33 billion in 2012 as part of a five-year freeze on discretionary nonsecurity funding. The programs targeted for the chopping block in the president's 2012 budget partly rely on three information technology initiatives slated...

House FY 2011 Bill Would Slash Cyber by $60 Million

February 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee intends to cut cybersecurity funding by $60 million for the last remaining seven months of the fiscal year. The committee on Friday introduced H.R. 1, the largest discretionary funding reduction in congressional history, which would take money away from the Homeland Security program that coordinates nationwide...

Cybersecurity bill could be stalled by House-Senate differences

February 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Republican tapped to drive passage of cyber legislation across committees said he does not plan to work on a comprehensive bill, a departure from Senate efforts to pass one large package covering federal, private and international networks. "I just don't think we're going to solve all of cyber...

From Nextgov.com: Cybersecurity bill could be stalled by House-Senate differences

February 11, 2011 The House Republican tapped to drive passage of cyber legislation across committees said he does not plan to work on a comprehensive bill, a departure from Senate efforts to pass one large package covering federal, private and international networks. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Virtual badges could help build trust in crowd sourcing

February 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Badges or other graphic symbols that convey a Web user's reputation build trust and promote participation in crowd sourcing -- a technique for channeling the wisdom of online communities, according to a software company that hosts online discussions governmentwide. IdeaScale, a governmentwide application first employed by the White House to...

Counterterrorism chief underscores Yemeni cleric's power to radicalize Americans online

February 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the alleged mastermind behind a thwarted October plot to bomb U.S.-bound planes, represents the greatest threat to the U.S. homeland and its leader is the most influential proselytizer on the Internet, the national counterterrorism center director said on Wednesday. Anwar al Aulaqi, a...