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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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IG: DHS (Mostly) Fixes Intelligence Systems Security

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security's internal investigators on Tuesday released a summary of a classified report on the department's intelligence systems that found security controls are mostly sufficient but some pre-existing problems remain. "The department continues to maintain an effective enterprise-wide information security management program for its intelligence systems," the DHS Office of...

House fails to pass PATRIOT Act extension

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an unexpected development, House Republican leaders on Tuesday failed to garner enough support for a bill to renew until December certain controversial sections of the USA PATRIOT Act that would otherwise expire this month. Senate Democrats and Republicans remain divided over whether to change the provisions in the counterterrorism...

New bugs for feds to fight in transition to Internet 2.0

February 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet's administrator last week finished allocating space for new Internet subscribers and Web-enabled devices, bringing federal agencies closer to the culmination of a half-decade of preparatory work to make systems compatible with Internet 2.0. Still, the transition will not be without risks that will require immediate attention, many federal...

White House gets tough on ID card reader requirements

February 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Beginning Oct. 1, the White House will penalize agencies that fail to outfit facilities and information technology systems with electronic identity card readers by withholding funds for other programs, according to a new White House memo. Federal employees and contractors are required to carry ID badges embedded with digital fingerprints...

From Nextgov.com: White House gets tough on ID card reader requirements

February 7, 2011 Beginning Oct. 1, the White House will penalize agencies that fail to outfit facilities and information technology systems with electronic identity card readers by withholding funds for other programs, according to a new White House memo. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

With Clock Ticking, Senators Fight Over PATRIOT Act Renewal

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on extending contentious surveillance provisions in a national security law -- set to expire in three weeks -- so that he could unveil a bill that would make the sections permanent. On Thursday, the panel planned to vote on...

Mismanagement, cost and schedule problems plague immigration system upgrade

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said the department will automate immigration benefits processing.Shawn Thew/Landov A Homeland Security Department program that was supposed to automate the processing of immigration papers still has not launched, after the agency responsible failed to complete a required pilot test and then continued to spend four years...

From Nextgov.com: Mismanagement, cost and schedule problems plague immigration system upgrade

February 4, 2011 A Homeland Security Department program that was supposed to automate the processing of immigration papers still has not launched, after the agency responsible failed to complete a required pilot test and then continued to spend four years and more than $6 million to build the system. Read the full story...

White House seeks to bust myths about talking to contractors

February 3, 2011 White House officials on Wednesday circulated a memorandum, first obtained by Nextgov, that encourages procurement officers to communicate with contractors before finalizing solicitations, in an effort to dispel misperceptions about conflicts of interest. The idea is that companies know the costs and features of current technology better than the government...

OMB Memo: Myths about Contractor-Government Talks

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Wednesday circulated a memo, obtained by Nextgov, that encourages procurement officers to communicate with contractors before finalizing solicitations, in an effort to dispel misperceptions about conflicts of interest. The idea is that companies know the costs and features of current technology better than the government so...