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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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Presidential committee on innovation hosts first meeting to boost promising tech, jobs

June 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the inaugural meeting of a new presidential advisory committee on innovation, experts in information technology pointed to areas in IT, nanotechnology and biotechnology in which government assistance could lead to new products and job growth. Tuesday's event was featured on social media channels to collect insights from the committee's ...

Navigating the Do-Not-Pay List(s)

June 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Friday announced they will begin rolling out governmentwide a mashup device currently used to detect stimulus-spending fraud, but they also noted a technological weakness preventing agencies from quickly spotting potential improper payments. As Nextgov first reported last fall, the Recovery Board, an independent agency charged with ...

Data.gov's next big thing: Mashing up federal stats with maps

June 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data.gov, the federal government's clearinghouse of downloadable information, plans to release new gadgets that will enable the public to easily create mashups of maps and statistics, according to officials working on the enhancements. Mashups are a fusion of information and images that can illustrate relationships or patterns and, in this ...

From Nextgov.com: Data.gov’s next big thing: Mashing up federal stats with maps

June 18, 2010 Data.gov, the federal government's clearinghouse of downloadable information, plans to release new gadgets that will enable the public to easily create mashups of maps and statistics, according to officials working on the enhancements. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Defense considers allowing cookies on its websites

June 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department and civilian agencies are considering allowing Web managers to place cookies, which collect personal information to target content, on their websites, but only if visitors give their consent, a top Defense official said on Wednesday. "People have strong feelings about the right to privacy, so we're going ...

Hill mulls requiring regulators to use uniform reporting format for financial industry

June 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House members negotiating with the Senate on the financial overhaul bill are weighing whether to offer amendments that would mandate federal regulators use a uniform format to collect data from industry, a move that would increase transparency, House staffers said. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a member of the conference committee ...

Executives say government needs online clearinghouse for food program

June 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government must better organize its online presence to encourage collaboration with the private sector on an initiative aimed at improving the success of agricultural investments in developing countries, business executives said on Monday. The United States should host a Web-based clearinghouse that provides timely information to companies interested ...

Now You See It

June 15, 2010 From transparency to the cloud, CIOs weigh the costs and consequences of sharing more data. Federal chief information officers always have faced the challenge of balancing information sharing with information protection-all while working to hit project deadlines and budgets. Agencies are being asked to post more data on the Web ...

Labor Changes Career Video Contest

June 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's strategy of hosting contests to find answers to the nation's problems seems to be an exercise in trial and error, as predicted. The Labor Department has had to extend the deadline for a $1,000 competition that asks people to film videos targeting the unskilled and unemployed, which ...

Senate funds system to speed processing of mine safety violations

June 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In response to the April 5 blast in a West Virginia coal mine that left 29 miners dead, the Senate has proposed spending emergency funds to upgrade a computer system to reduce a backlog of unresolved mine safety citations. Federal officials testified this year that Massey Energy Co., which operated ...