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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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The Science of Funding

August 1, 2010 John McGowan fosters teamwork on the Web to target promising medical research investments. The federal government, and consequently the taxpayer, is the largest funder of medical research in the world, with annual expenditures topping $30 billion. So it's no surprise that the officials who oversee this funding are under immense ...

DOD Blocks Access To Contractor Data, Again

July 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration - which prides itself on being the most open White House ever -- has rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for information in a new government website that agencies use to compile ratings of contractor performance. The Defense Department this week denied access to any of ...

Publisher argues free access to research violates administration's transparency initiative

July 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Free online access to federally funded research articles defies the White House's open government directive, a journal publisher told House members at a hearing on Thursday. A December 2009 presidential memo on transparency in government instructed federal agencies to abide by the precepts of public disclosure, civic engagement in policymaking ...

Repubs Knock Apparent FOIA Exemption

July 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some Republicans are disgruntled about a clause in the newly-minted financial reform law that they say allows the Securities and Exchange Commission to sidestep the Freedom of Information Act. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who sponsored a House-backed amendment that would have added data disclosure requirements throughout the legislation, this week ...

Moratorium on financial projects could leave staff in the lurch

July 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The uncertainty caused by the White House's recent move to halt development of all financial management systems for an unspecified period could affect talent retention and budgetary planning, according to some industry representatives and contracting reform activists. The White House in June put a blanket freeze on all financial system ...

Agencies begin to identify failing IT projects for high-risk list

July 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies immediately will begin flagging about 30 high-risk information technology projects that could be scrapped in the fiscal 2012 budget if they are not improved by winter, the Office of Management and Budget announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a multistep initiative launched in June to identify ...

From Nextgov.com: Agencies begin to identify failing IT projects for high-risk list

July 28, 2010 Federal agencies immediately will begin flagging about 30 high-risk information technology projects that could be scrapped in the fiscal 2012 budget if they are not improved by winter, the Office of Management and Budget announced on Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

O-Gov May Muck Up Agency Sites

July 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans' satisfaction with online government services is slipping, according to the latest report from the quarterly e-government American Customer Satisfaction Index. Agencies during the second quarter received an aggregate score of 74.7 on a 100-point scale, down slightly from the first quarter's score of 75.1. The report's authors attribute the ...

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.