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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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Reining in runaway IT projects is key to controlling costs, forum participants say

July 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal CIO Vivek Kundra tells conference that government needs to "make strategic investments that produce dividends."James Kegley The government's top tech budget official on Tuesday said information technology spending is expected to rise above the current $80 billion level as agencies turn to IT to cut costs elsewhere. "Over time ...

From Nextgov.com: Reining in runaway IT projects is key to controlling costs, forum participants say

July 27, 2010 The government's top tech budget official on Tuesday said information technology spending is expected to rise above the current $80 billion level as agencies turn to IT to cut costs elsewhere. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Hacking Into The FOIA Process

July 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An annual gathering of hackers in New York City last week featured a presentation on how to successfully break into government files using Freedom of Information Act requests. At the HOPE conference -- acronym stands for Hackers on Planet Earth -- an attorney and expert on phone cracking, told the ...

Google unveils apps suite for government

July 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google on Monday announced a new version of Google Apps, its Web-based competitor to Microsoft's Office business suite, that is tailored to federal agency customers and meets the government's security and cloud computing standards. Currently, more than a dozen federal agencies already use the enterprise edition of Google Apps for ...

Redesign spruces up policy, rule-making site

July 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FederalRegister.gov, long criticized as an eye-glazing laundry list of public notices, relaunched on Monday as a more navigable website patterned after an award-winning free application developed by volunteers. In honor of the print publication's 75th anniversary, the Obama administration is reformatting the daily log of policy proposals, final rules and ...

From Nextgov.com: Google unveils apps suite for government

July 26, 2010 Google on Monday announced a new version of Google Apps, its Web-based competitor to Microsoft's Office business suite, that is tailored to federal agency customers and meets the government's security and cloud computing standards. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

NASA braces for solar storms that could bring critical systems to a halt

July 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House committee on Thursday approved a three-year authorization bill for NASA that includes a plan for issuing warnings about impending space storms that could knock out navigation systems, power and smart phones. Because of technology's increasing reliance on satellites, many of the gadgets and systems Americans use on a ...

White House cites use of health data as example of its innovation initiative

July 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Efforts by federal agencies to release health data have given the Obama administration an opportunity to tout its national innovation strategy, which is aimed in part at accelerating job growth in the health information technology sector, the government's top technologist said on Wednesday. "Government health data in file cabinets in ...

From Nextgov.com: White House cites use of health data as example of its innovation initiative

July 22, 2010 Efforts by federal agencies to release health data have given the Obama administration an opportunity to tout its national innovation strategy, which is aimed in part at accelerating job growth in the health information technology sector, the government's top technologist said on Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Reformatting $$$ To Fight Counterfeiters

July 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A reformatted $100 bill that is expected to start circulating in February 2011 will include a ribbon containing images of bells that morph into 100s to thwart counterfeiters, a federal official told lawmakers this week. "When holding the note and focusing on the blue ribbon, the bells change to 100s," ...