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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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Now You See It

June 15, 2010 From transparency to the cloud, CIOs weigh the costs and consequences of sharing more data. Federal chief information officers always have faced the challenge of balancing information sharing with information protection-all while working to hit project deadlines and budgets. Agencies are being asked to post more data on the Web ...

Labor Changes Career Video Contest

June 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's strategy of hosting contests to find answers to the nation's problems seems to be an exercise in trial and error, as predicted. The Labor Department has had to extend the deadline for a $1,000 competition that asks people to film videos targeting the unskilled and unemployed, which ...

Senate funds system to speed processing of mine safety violations

June 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In response to the April 5 blast in a West Virginia coal mine that left 29 miners dead, the Senate has proposed spending emergency funds to upgrade a computer system to reduce a backlog of unresolved mine safety citations. Federal officials testified this year that Massey Energy Co., which operated ...

From Nextgov.com: Senate funds system to speed processing of mine safety violations

June 11, 2010 In response to the April 5 blast in a West Virginia coal mine that left 29 miners dead, the Senate has proposed spending emergency funds to upgrade a computer system to reduce a backlog of unresolved mine safety citations. Federal officials testified this year that Massey Energy Co., which operated ...

Chief of the Year: Information

June 10, 2010 On June 15, Government Executive is featuring the government's chief officers of acquisition, finance, human capital, information and information security in a special issue of the magazine. This year we've identified individuals to highlight as Chiefs of the Year -- not necessarily because they are unsurpassed in their fields, but ...

Actor Kevin Costner promotes oil clean up tech on Hill

June 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "This system . . . has proved time and time again to work," Kevin Costner told a House panel.Susan Walsh/AP House Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday took a serious interest in a technology that BP currently is testing to separate oil from water in the Gulf Coast, but the owner ...

From Nextgov.com: Actor Kevin Costner promotes oil clean up tech on Hill

June 9, 2010 House Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday took a serious interest in a technology that BP currently is testing to separate oil from water in the Gulf Coast, but the owner of the technology, actor and director Kevin Costner, told lawmakers federal funding and regulatory constraints have prevented him from supplying ...

Groups want agencies to post more advisory meetings on the Web

June 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some government transparency groups are pushing the Obama administration to post online videos, recordings or transcripts of meetings that outside advisers hold to formulate new policies for agencies. Federal law dictates that agencies ensure the recommendations of advisory committees are accessible to the public. But no mandate or policy requires ...

OMB wants agencies to emphasize IT efficiencies in 2012 budgets

June 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Peter R. Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, issued a memo on Tuesday telling agencies to include in their fiscal 2012 information technology budgets efforts to emulate the private sector's level of efficiency such as consolidating IT infrastructure. Record-breaking deficits are prompting the drastic measures, according to ...

GAO calls for better efficiency measurements, but IT could help

June 8, 2010 The Office of Management and Budget should focus more on assessing agency performance in the face of record-breaking deficits, and applying information technology to boost efficiencies this year should aid that effort, federal auditors said. A Government Accountability Office report released on Monday said OMB has issued inconsistent, limited guidance ...