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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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Kundra Former Workers Go to Jail

August 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two former employees of federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, back when he served as the District of Columbia's chief technology officer, have been sentenced to more than year-long prison terms for participating in a kickback scheme, according to the New York Times. Although the scam occurred before Kundra became ...

NASA sets its sights on off-loading IT functions and boosting security

August 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Speaking at NASA's first-ever information technology conference, the agency's top official said he will focus next year on cybersecurity and shrinking IT infrastructure. Aside from the Defense Department, "we are the most poked and prodded organization in the government in terms of intrusions into what we do," said NASA Administrator ...

Squaring Off on Recovery Jobs

August 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman of the board that oversees Recovery.gov released on Monday a statement promoting the transparency of the stimulus-tracking website, just as Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleged the site is a public relations effort aimed at inflating the accomplishments of the administration. Rep. Darrell Issa, ...

Advocates worry White House changes could hurt transparency

August 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 7:33 pm, Aug. 16, to include comments from the Office of Management and Budget. As the Obama administration gently pushes agencies to follow their transparency plans, recent changes in key management positions at the White House have watchdog groups concerned the open government initiative could ...

Cyber Costs Climb

August 15, 2010 Push to secure data and systems creates multibillion-dollar market for contractors. New cybersecurity mandates are certain to drive tech spending for the next several years. What's less certain is the kind of products and services federal agencies will be buying, as well as which agencies will be doing the buying. ...

Feds meet to find ways to fix federal IT development

August 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 5:08 pm, Aug. 13, to include a comment from the Office of Management and Budget. A relatively unknown association held a forum on Thursday to test the will of federal officials to solve what has become a common occurrence in government: over-budget and behind-schedule information ...

Reshuffling May Impair OGov

August 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A rearrangement of staff within the White House may dilute the already weak enforcement of the president's open government directive, the Washington nonprofit Sunlight Foundation contends. Office of Management Director Peter Orszag, who issued the memo to agencies, has exited. And White House Counsel Bob Bauer reportedly is taking on ...

E-recycling program might not be achieving its full potential

August 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Environmental Protection Agency program that encourages federal agencies to recycle old computers and other electronics has achieved limited success throughout government and the nation, federal auditors said. A new Government Accountability Office report (GAO-10-626) noted initiatives EPA co-manages with partners inside and outside government to promote voluntary green technology ...

SSA's modernization plan risks future Web services

August 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration risks losing the ability to assist citizens with retirement benefits, disability claims and other services via the Internet if it does not act to ensure its planned technology overhaul can support ever-changing file formats, an SSA advisory panel and some industry officials said. To prepare for ...

House leaders raise financial reporting proposal again

August 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several House committee leaders are resuscitating a proposal to make it easier to search regulatory agency and corporate records for signs of market trouble, which senators oddly removed from the financial reform law before it was passed. The lawmakers are backing a bill Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., introduced that is ...