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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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State: Dial "FLOOD" for Pakistan

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow State Department officials, following the United Nations' lead, now are accepting donations via text message to help support recovery and reconstruction in Pakistan where floods have displaced about 20 million people and spread deadly waterborne diseases. Punching the word "FLOOD" to 27722 will automatically donate $10 to the U.S. government's ...

Obama sends 30 technology projects back to the drawing board

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25 The Obama administration on Monday announced that about 30 mission-critical information technology projects, collectively worth $30 billion, will be reworked and possibly cut. The list of high-risk projects, ranging in cost from $64 million to $7.6 billion, is the ...

Social Security expects to award mega-IT contract by October

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration expects to award by October a contract potentially worth more than $2 billion for information technology support during the next eight years, agency officials confirmed late Friday. The huge purchase is an extension of an IT services contract currently held by Lockheed Martin Corp. that has ...

Obama sends 30 tech projects back to the drawing board

August 23, 2010 The Obama administration on Monday announced that about 30 mission-critical information technology projects, collectively worth $30 billion, will be reworked and possibly cut. The list of high-risk projects, ranging in cost from $64 million to $7.6 billion, is the result of a two-week review of underperforming systems at every federal ...

Senators ask Marshals Service why it stores images of full-body scans

August 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unhappy Senate lawmakers have asked the U.S. Marshals Service, an arm of the Justice Department, to explain why it has stored more than 35,000 whole body imaging scans taken at a federal courthouse in Florida. In an Aug. 19 letter to the agency, Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, ...

Senators question Marshals Service over full-body scan images

August 20, 2010 Unhappy Senate lawmakers have asked the U.S. Marshals Service, an arm of the Justice Department, to explain why it has stored more than 35,000 whole body imaging scans taken at a federal courthouse in Florida. In an Aug. 19 letter to the agency, Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, ...

House lawmakers are under pressure to approve IT oversight bill

August 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill that would overhaul information technology oversight sailed through the Senate but, with time running out before Congress adjourns in October, the House still is assessing whether the measure might impede ongoing projects. The IT Investment Oversight Enhancement and Waste Prevention Act (S. 920) would make permanent many Obama ...

IT chief could shift funds for agencies' internal tech projects

August 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 6:24 pm, Aug. 19, to clarify the time frame NASA plans to award contracts for agencywide help desk, application, Web and communications services. The federal government's top technology official said Wednesday that he might reshuffle funds for agencies' internal information technology projects in the fiscal ...

Kundra Former Workers Go to Jail

August 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two former employees of federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, back when he served as the District of Columbia's chief technology officer, have been sentenced to more than year-long prison terms for participating in a kickback scheme, according to the New York Times. Although the scam occurred before Kundra became ...

NASA sets its sights on off-loading IT functions and boosting security

August 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Speaking at NASA's first-ever information technology conference, the agency's top official said he will focus next year on cybersecurity and shrinking IT infrastructure. Aside from the Defense Department, "we are the most poked and prodded organization in the government in terms of intrusions into what we do," said NASA Administrator ...