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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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Report: FBI case management system still falls short

October 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department inspector general has found that while the FBI has spent most of the $451 million allocated for an electronic case management system, the bureau has yet to complete the most difficult work on the project. The IG's report, released Wednesday, is the seventh the office has conducted ...

Inconsistent policies trip up efforts to track terrorist finances

October 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Insufficient collaboration among federal agencies and differing domestic and foreign cyberspace policies are stymieing U.S. efforts to cut off financial support for terrorist groups, says one computer forensics expert who started his career at the World Trade Center in New York. Tracking terrorist money involves analyzing credit card transactions, online ...

The Path Forward

October 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To be seen as more open, the federal government should actively market itself in print, online and everywhere else people consume information, according to a separate ForeSee Results study that analyzed people's perceptions of the transparency of agency websites. The more transparent the site, the more willing citizens were to ...

Americans give low marks to Obama transparency effort at agencies

October 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kelly Martin/Nextgov The public isn't convinced that the Obama administration is being fully open with Americans, more than a year and a half after the president launched a governmentwide transparency effort, according to a new survey conducted by ForeSee Results and Nextgov. But compared to regulated industries in the United ...

Homeland Security buys time to decide fate of border project

October 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has bought itself time to decide whether to proceed with a beleaguered border security project by retaining the system's contractor on a temporary 30-day basis, according to House lawmakers who requested an audit of the program. In 2006, DHS awarded Boeing Co. a three-year contract with ...

MTV Town Hall or Tea Party Rally?

October 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House blog and Twitter feed this week promoted a Thursday MTV town hall meeting featuring President Obama and students by asking teens to tweet questions about jobs, energy and other issues weighing on their minds. But the moderators on MTV's website, which was live-streaming the televised event and ...

Defense and DHS reach cybersecurity compromise

October 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The heads of the Defense and Homeland Security departments on Wednesday formally agreed to coordinate on cybersecurity in a newly established office, amid a debate over whether Defense, DHS or the White House should have chief responsibility for protecting information networks. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet ...

Encryption debate centers on privacy

October 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top State Department official on Wednesday said despite global concerns about covert cybercrime, presidential administrations should not prohibit people from encoding their Internet messages, or rendering them indecipherable to law enforcement officials. Nations, including the United States, are grappling with the problem of how to protect online communications from ...

OMB authentication tool could be used for interagency collaboration

October 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 13. The Office of Management and Budget recently began using a new tool that makes it easier for federal employees to navigate secure websites it administers by requiring them to enter their credentials only once. The single sign-on feature allows authorized ...

From Nextgov.com: OMB authentication tool could be used for interagency collaboration

October 12, 2010 The Office of Management and Budget recently began using a new tool that makes it easier for federal employees to navigate secure websites it administers by requiring them to enter their credentials only once. Read the full story on Nextgov.com