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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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White House cites use of health data as example of its innovation initiative

July 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Efforts by federal agencies to release health data have given the Obama administration an opportunity to tout its national innovation strategy, which is aimed in part at accelerating job growth in the health information technology sector, the government's top technologist said on Wednesday. "Government health data in file cabinets in ...

From Nextgov.com: White House cites use of health data as example of its innovation initiative

July 22, 2010 Efforts by federal agencies to release health data have given the Obama administration an opportunity to tout its national innovation strategy, which is aimed in part at accelerating job growth in the health information technology sector, the government's top technologist said on Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Reformatting $$$ To Fight Counterfeiters

July 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A reformatted $100 bill that is expected to start circulating in February 2011 will include a ribbon containing images of bells that morph into 100s to thwart counterfeiters, a federal official told lawmakers this week. "When holding the note and focusing on the blue ribbon, the bells change to 100s," ...

Union, GSA at odds over personal use of social networking sites

July 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Union employees at the General Services Administration claim agency managers walked away from negotiations over rules restricting workers' personal use of social media -- a directive members say violates employees' right to free speech. Casey Coleman, chief information officer at GSA, issued an order on July 17 establishing a policy ...

From Nextgov.com: Union, GSA at odds over personal use of social networking sites

July 21, 2010 Union employees at the General Services Administration claim agency managers walked away from negotiations over rules restricting workers' personal use of social media -- a directive members say violates employees' right to free speech. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

GSA Ponders Prize Contract Vehicle

July 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration may add a contract program that would allow agencies to buy from a menu of technology products, marketing services and technical assistance for running contests. An April White House memo required that GSA "as expeditiously as possible" craft a contract vehicle for purchasing such goods. GSA ...

HHS seeks help with catalog of health treatments

July 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department on Monday issued a request for information on constructing an online catalog of studies that compare the outcomes of medical treatments. The effort, largely funded by stimulus dollars, is aimed at aiding decisions on cost reimbursements and courses of treatment. HHS asked the health ...

Reform Forces Bailout Lending Online

July 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The financial regulatory overhaul that Congress passed this week is missing a major data transparency measure the House wanted, but the legislation still offers some Web-based windows into the financial system that previously were lacking. Notably, the Wall Street reforms require the notoriously opaque Fed to post an audit of ...

Minerals Management Service's replacement still has no website

July 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Watchdogs want BOEMRE, which now oversees the energy sector, to preserve all MMS online documents and data.Thinkstock The homepage of the bureau that replaced the now-defunct Minerals Management Service seems to be as opaque as the former organization that has been blamed for lax oversight of the energy industry, open ...

From Nextgov.com: Minerals Management Service's replacement still has no website

July 16, 2010 The homepage of the bureau that replaced the now-defunct Minerals Management Service seems to be as opaque as the former organization that has been blamed for lax oversight of the energy industry, open government advocates said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.