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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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Food Surveillance System Closer To Reality

November 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration may have to bulk up on information technology if the House signs off on surveillance measures in a food safety bill the Senate passed Tuesday. Three months after enactment of S. 510, FDA would have to create an online search engine that allows people to ...

TSA seeks better airport screening methods

November 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A month before the public outcry over the use of full-body scanners at airports, the Transportation Security Administration already was seeking alternative technologies to improve public safety. On Oct. 1, TSA announced plans to award research and development funding during the next year for security innovations, including enhanced passenger and ...

From Nextgov.com: TSA seeks improved airport screening methods

November 30, 2010 A month before the public outcry over the use of full-body scanners at airports, the Transportation Security Administration already was seeking alternative technologies to improve public safety. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Countering WikiLeaks could stifle information sharing

November 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government can't do much, from a technical standpoint, to thwart the inappropriate interception of classified information by internal personnel -- without imposing controls that would stifle information sharing, former Justice Department officials say. In the aftermath of the latest release of secret government documents on the WikiLeaks website, the ...

From Nextgov.com: Countering WikiLeaks could stifle information sharing

November 29, 2010 The government can't do much, from a technical standpoint, to thwart the inappropriate interception of classified information by internal personnel -- without imposing controls that would stifle information sharing, former Justice Department officials say. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Postal Service IG examines cyber incident data

November 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service is auditing a database that tracks USPS cyber incidents to determine whether the information it has been collecting is reliable, said agency officials in the Office of the Inspector General. The review, which the IG's office launched on Nov. 22, comes at ...

DHS Awards $450M, Pared-down TASC Contract

November 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers who had urged the White House to cancel a potentially $1 billion Homeland Security Department computer project are welcoming the Obama administration's recent decision to pursue a less costly, piecemeal approach to developing the financial system. DHS confirmed on Tuesday that officials have awarded a $450 million contract to ...

United States is ill-prepared for a cyberwar, former adviser says

November 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A former cybersecurity official is warning that the nation would be unable to defend itself against a cyberwar that could knock out transportation systems and the power grid. "If a country decided to go war with the United States -- and if they then take their cyber unit and attack ...

Twitter Ties

November 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many agencies have turned to Twitter as a public relations tool for keeping people informed. Followers online can gather snippets on everything from the secretary of State's remarks at Middle East peace talks to NASA's take on commercial space travel. But federal employees and consultants say the social networking service's ...

TSA Suffers More TWIC Card Challenges

November 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because Transportation Security Administration officials didn't provide port authorities with test results on biometric card readers, the authorities bought the costly equipment without knowing whether it worked, according to the Government Accountability Office. TSA currently is gauging the ability of various biometric card readers to scan so-called Transportation Worker Identification ...