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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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Christian Slater, Hacker

January 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fox is out with a trailer for its upcoming comedy series, "Breaking In," starring Christian Slater, about a team of brainiacs that makes its money by testing office security systems for weaknesses. The TV twist is that the cyber sleuths also are hackers. The network describes the show as "a...

Open-government initiative marks two-year milestone

January 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two years ago Friday, on his first day in office, President Obama issued a memo aimed at making government operations more transparent. While open government advocates have largely panned the effort over what they call toothless policies, a regulatory compliance initiative announced Tuesday is giving some of those critics new...

DHS Seeks Info on SBInet 2

January 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has begun the process of contracting to replace the border security network it scrapped last week, by issuing a request for information on interconnected surveillance towers, department officials said on Wednesday. The market research is part of the department's new plan to acquire proven, ready-made technology...

FEMA chief taps social media's potential for aiding disaster response

January 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cell phone starts shaking on a coffee table in California, instantly triggering an application that alerts the phone's owner to drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on until the earthquake stops. The resident sends a text message through the social media...

From Nextgov.com: FEMA chief taps social media's potential for aiding disaster response

January 19, 2011 A cell phone starts shaking on a coffee table in California, instantly triggering an application that alerts the phone's owner to drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on until the earthquake stops. The resident sends a text message through the social media...

Administration says it will give industry and academia heads up on cyberattacks

January 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration will provide universities and businesses with government intelligence and law enforcement information about malicious Internet activities so that they can protect their critical assets, the president's cyber czar said on Tuesday. "I think we all recognize that the government has unique access to information," Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity...

Project to digitize visa processing encounters roadblocks

January 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A program to computerize visa processing has run into management difficulties that could jeopardize operations at the Homeland Security Department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau, according to the DHS chief information officer. Last week, the nonpartisan Brookings Institution think tank released a report counseling the Obama administration to reform...

Homeland Security kills secure border tech program

January 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has killed its beleaguered $1.1 billion program to control U.S. land borders with a virtual fence made up of surveillance tools, Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Friday, after briefing Congress on her review of the Secure Border Initiative network program. DHS officials had encountered major cost,...

From Nextgov.com: Homeland Security kills secure border tech program

January 14, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has killed its beleaguered $1.1 billion program to control U.S. land borders with a virtual fence made up of surveillance tools, Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Friday, after briefing Congress on her review of the Secure Border Initiative network program. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

DHS IG Skinner to Leave Office

January 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner, who has probed contractor waste at the department since its inception, announced on Thursday that he will step down March 1. Prior to his July 2005 Senate confirmation as IG, Skinner -- a four-decade veteran of the federal government -- had held the position...