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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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Missing GPO laptops contained no sensitive data, agency says

December 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office maintains that no sensitive information was hacked as a result of the loss of 88 laptops that the agency's watchdog recently reported as missing, GPO officials said on Tuesday. A Dec. 6 inspector general audit had revealed the government's publisher could not locate the laptops, including ...

From Nextgov.com: Missing GPO laptops contained no sensitive data, agency says

December 21, 2010 The Government Printing Office maintains that no sensitive information was hacked as a result of the loss of 88 laptops that the agency's watchdog recently reported as missing, GPO officials said on Tuesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Broadcasting board seeks text-message services

December 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is searching for vendors to provide cell phone messaging services for U.S.-funded news broadcasters inside closed societies, according to federal contracting officials. Such technology likely would rely on proxy mobile networks that could sustain communications when a repressive regime heightens surveillance of existing cell phone networks, or ...

WikiLeaks Sought, Ignored Editorial Advice

December 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In early 2007, the organizers of a new website called WikiLeaks invited Steven Aftergood, a Federation of American Scientists researcher who publishes a government secrecy e-newsletter, to serve on their advisory board. At the time, the site's founders described themselves as Chinese dissidents, mathematicians and startup company technologists in the ...

White House issues policy on political interference with federal scientists

December 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Friday issued long-delayed guidance for federal agencies on protecting scientific research from political interference. The rules, which President Obama ordered the Office of Science and Technology Policy to produce by summer 2009, are the administration's response to years of allegations that agency appointees have forced researchers ...

Open source online intelligence mining still in infancy, official says

December 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The arm of the CIA that combs the Internet and other public sources for unclassified but insightful intelligence is still in its infancy, its director acknowledges, five years after the Bush administration created the agency to overcome analytical limitations that in 2003 helped bring on the Iraq War. After President ...

DHS chief says cybersecurity is a civilian problem, not a war

December 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday asserted cybersecurity is a civilian domain, not a military battlefield or private sector jurisdiction, as some critics of federal cyber policy have argued. "Some categorize the challenge as one for the market, or a looming war," she said at a forum hosted by ...

From Nextgov.com: DHS chief says cybersecurity is a civilian -- not military -- problem

December 16, 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday asserted cybersecurity is a civilian domain, not a military battlefield or private sector jurisdiction, as some critics of federal cyber policy have argued. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

VA to institute Medicare-based fees for certain services

December 16, 2010 The Veterans Affairs Department is instituting standard fees based on Medicare rates for certain medical services performed at non-VA facilities to gain greater price consistency. But the change may restrict access to care for some retired military members with kidney problems, according to some members of the Senate Veterans Affairs ...

Effort to shore up Census count stalls in House

December 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Tuesday night rejected Senate-passed legislation aimed at ensuring a more accurate population count partly by letting Americans respond to the 2020 Census questionnaire online. Earlier in the day, federal auditors released three reports reiterating the need for managerial changes to fix problems that occurred during the 2010 ...