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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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Squaring Off on Recovery Jobs

August 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman of the board that oversees Recovery.gov released on Monday a statement promoting the transparency of the stimulus-tracking website, just as Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleged the site is a public relations effort aimed at inflating the accomplishments of the administration. Rep. Darrell Issa, ...

Advocates worry White House changes could hurt transparency

August 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 7:33 pm, Aug. 16, to include comments from the Office of Management and Budget. As the Obama administration gently pushes agencies to follow their transparency plans, recent changes in key management positions at the White House have watchdog groups concerned the open government initiative could ...

Cyber Costs Climb

August 15, 2010 Push to secure data and systems creates multibillion-dollar market for contractors. New cybersecurity mandates are certain to drive tech spending for the next several years. What's less certain is the kind of products and services federal agencies will be buying, as well as which agencies will be doing the buying. ...

Feds meet to find ways to fix federal IT development

August 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 5:08 pm, Aug. 13, to include a comment from the Office of Management and Budget. A relatively unknown association held a forum on Thursday to test the will of federal officials to solve what has become a common occurrence in government: over-budget and behind-schedule information ...

Reshuffling May Impair OGov

August 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A rearrangement of staff within the White House may dilute the already weak enforcement of the president's open government directive, the Washington nonprofit Sunlight Foundation contends. Office of Management Director Peter Orszag, who issued the memo to agencies, has exited. And White House Counsel Bob Bauer reportedly is taking on ...

E-recycling program might not be achieving its full potential

August 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Environmental Protection Agency program that encourages federal agencies to recycle old computers and other electronics has achieved limited success throughout government and the nation, federal auditors said. A new Government Accountability Office report (GAO-10-626) noted initiatives EPA co-manages with partners inside and outside government to promote voluntary green technology ...

SSA's modernization plan risks future Web services

August 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration risks losing the ability to assist citizens with retirement benefits, disability claims and other services via the Internet if it does not act to ensure its planned technology overhaul can support ever-changing file formats, an SSA advisory panel and some industry officials said. To prepare for ...

House leaders raise financial reporting proposal again

August 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several House committee leaders are resuscitating a proposal to make it easier to search regulatory agency and corporate records for signs of market trouble, which senators oddly removed from the financial reform law before it was passed. The lawmakers are backing a bill Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., introduced that is ...

Privacy Advocate Schwartz Joins NIST

August 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ari Schwartz, a longtime advocate for protecting privacy in the age of Web-based government, is leaving his post at the Center for Democracy and Technology to press for change from within the administration at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. After working at the Washington civil liberties group for ...

Agencies rush to replace aging satellite to predict damaging solar storms

August 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The country's best defense against a solar storm that could knock out networks operating power lines, navigation systems and financial services is a satellite near the end of its useful life that NASA launched in 1997. Now agencies across the federal government -- and the world -- are racing to ...