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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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From Nextgov.com: Lawmakers ask White House to stop DHS financial system

September 24, 2010 House Democrats this month went over the heads of Homeland Security Department officials and appealed directly to the White House to cancel a financial management system project that could cost as much as $1 billion. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

A More Serious Twitter Breach

September 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When hackers on Tuesday exploited a security flaw on the social-networking service Twitter to corrupt messages from users -- including the White House press secretary's account -- the breach seemed to be a joke rather than an effort to bring down systems. No one appeared to take the threat seriously ...

Feds continued to Tweet despite attack on the service

September 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the attack did not cause him to stop Tweeting.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Many federal agencies on Tuesday continued to update the public about government initiatives on the text-messaging service Twitter despite a bug that infected entries, including those sent by the White House press ...

Server Consolidation Hires, Then Fires

September 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whatever the outcome of the White House's initiative to consolidate costly federal data centers, the transition presents a dilemma for contract employees. They stand to gain business by aggregating servers, and, then lose a substantial amount of maintenance and support work once systems are combined or outsourced. This is one ...

Report: Data center consolidation faces major time, money hurdles

September 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are likely to have a hard time executing their required plans for downsizing costly data centers, due to financial constraints and aggressive deadlines, a new study by market research firm INPUT finds. Departments this fall are starting to follow recently developed roadmaps for shrinking server farms, which federal ...

From Nextgov.com: Lack of time and money threatens data center consolidation

September 21, 2010 Federal agencies are likely to have a hard time executing their required plans for downsizing costly data centers, due to financial constraints and aggressive deadlines, a new study by market research firm INPUT finds. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

CIOs are ahead of the curve on improving accountability

September 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several agency chief information officers say they were taking steps to hold themselves accountable to taxpayers, even before President Obama reminded them of their civic duty last week. They cited as evidence ongoing efforts to weed out underperforming information technology projects and to shrink data center footprints. Obama on Sept. ...

OMB kills Justice system, revises another at Interior

September 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, to include a comment from Computer Sciences Corp. The administration has chosen to eliminate a Justice Department computer system and overhaul an Interior Department security project as part of its continuing review of some 30 mission-critical information technology initiatives ...

From Nextgov.com: OMB kills Justice IT system, revises another at Interior

September 20, 2010 The administration has chosen to eliminate a Justice Department computer system and overhaul an Interior Department security project as part of its continuing review of some 30 mission-critical information technology initiatives for possible cuts. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

VA reports 10 missing laptops, likely no personal data lost

September 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow CIO Roger Baker says most of the lost laptops were not loaded with data and applications.Chris Flynn The Veterans Affairs Department discovered 10 laptops were missing from its inventory in August, an unusually high number of lost computers, VA's chief information officer said on Friday. The frequency of incidents surprised ...