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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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From Nextgov.com: Cybersecurity bill could be stalled by House-Senate differences

February 11, 2011 The House Republican tapped to drive passage of cyber legislation across committees said he does not plan to work on a comprehensive bill, a departure from Senate efforts to pass one large package covering federal, private and international networks. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Virtual badges could help build trust in crowd sourcing

February 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Badges or other graphic symbols that convey a Web user's reputation build trust and promote participation in crowd sourcing -- a technique for channeling the wisdom of online communities, according to a software company that hosts online discussions governmentwide. IdeaScale, a governmentwide application first employed by the White House to...

Counterterrorism chief underscores Yemeni cleric's power to radicalize Americans online

February 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the alleged mastermind behind a thwarted October plot to bomb U.S.-bound planes, represents the greatest threat to the U.S. homeland and its leader is the most influential proselytizer on the Internet, the national counterterrorism center director said on Wednesday. Anwar al Aulaqi, a...

House fails to pass PATRIOT Act extension

February 9, 2011 In an unexpected development, House Republican leaders on Tuesday failed to garner enough support for a bill to renew until December certain controversial sections of the USA PATRIOT Act that would otherwise expire this month. Senate Democrats and Republicans remain divided over whether to change the provisions in the counterterrorism...

IG: DHS (Mostly) Fixes Intelligence Systems Security

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security's internal investigators on Tuesday released a summary of a classified report on the department's intelligence systems that found security controls are mostly sufficient but some pre-existing problems remain. "The department continues to maintain an effective enterprise-wide information security management program for its intelligence systems," the DHS Office of...

House fails to pass PATRIOT Act extension

February 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an unexpected development, House Republican leaders on Tuesday failed to garner enough support for a bill to renew until December certain controversial sections of the USA PATRIOT Act that would otherwise expire this month. Senate Democrats and Republicans remain divided over whether to change the provisions in the counterterrorism...

New bugs for feds to fight in transition to Internet 2.0

February 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet's administrator last week finished allocating space for new Internet subscribers and Web-enabled devices, bringing federal agencies closer to the culmination of a half-decade of preparatory work to make systems compatible with Internet 2.0. Still, the transition will not be without risks that will require immediate attention, many federal...

White House gets tough on ID card reader requirements

February 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Beginning Oct. 1, the White House will penalize agencies that fail to outfit facilities and information technology systems with electronic identity card readers by withholding funds for other programs, according to a new White House memo. Federal employees and contractors are required to carry ID badges embedded with digital fingerprints...

From Nextgov.com: White House gets tough on ID card reader requirements

February 7, 2011 Beginning Oct. 1, the White House will penalize agencies that fail to outfit facilities and information technology systems with electronic identity card readers by withholding funds for other programs, according to a new White House memo. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

With Clock Ticking, Senators Fight Over PATRIOT Act Renewal

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on extending contentious surveillance provisions in a national security law -- set to expire in three weeks -- so that he could unveil a bill that would make the sections permanent. On Thursday, the panel planned to vote on...