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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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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.

Health IT Checkup

July 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's not often the federal government leads the private sector in creating innovative online applications. But in health information technology, the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have been pioneers in building a network that eventually will allow doctors to exchange digitized patient data nationwide. For years, Defense and VA have ...

Obama pushes to expand NASA's public contests

July 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration wants to expand a NASA initiative that awards cash prizes to nongovernment teams that solve mission-critical problems, marking another step to increase collaboration with the private sector on space activities. NASA announced on Tuesday three so-called centennial challenges, contests the space agency hopes will accelerate innovations in ...

From Nextgov.com: NASA announces contests to unearth technological advances

July 15, 2010 The Obama administration wants to expand a NASA initiative that awards cash prizes to nongovernment teams that solve mission-critical problems, marking another step to increase collaboration with the private sector on space activities. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Industry Seeks IT Acquisitions Reform

July 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A major tech industry group is fighting back against the administration's threats to cancel information technology projects by forming a task force to suggest other options. "In the wake of the Obama administration's decision to halt or review billions of dollars worth of information technology programs, TechAmerica Foundation today announced ...

Health and Human Services' IT rules open up market to newcomers

July 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New federal rules that will grant medical practitioners billions of dollars to buy health information technology might make it easier for vendors new to the health IT industry to gain market share in a sector largely dominated by companies that have adhered to stricter standards, health consultants said. The rules ...