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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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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...

State official: WikiLeaks poses a threat to human rights

January 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During a briefing Thursday on the declining state of civil liberties worldwide, including freedom of the press, a top State Department official said the publishing of diplomatic cables on the Internet has posed a threat to human rights. "Whether whatever you're reading is real or not, there is clearly a...

Tracing Transparency

January 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the second anniversary of President Obama's open government initiative approaches, the overwhelming sentiment among citizens is that public officials aren't being frank with them. And if trust translates to transparency that means federal agencies haven't even come close to peeling back the onion, judging from their scores in a...

Automation touted as central to repairing the immigration system

January 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government can fix the immigration system without legislation, by automating visa processing and by granting priority to skilled workers, including technology professionals, over family members, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution. "The infrastructure for considering and granting visas needs a major upgrade," Darrell M. West, founder...

Leahy Sets Cyber Privacy Agenda

January 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious agenda for changing the country's privacy laws to keep pace with the digital age. The committee will continue where it left off last session in revising the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to balance law enforcement's need...

International cybersecurity treaty might not be achievable, report says

January 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An international treaty to establish regulations for computer security might be unattainable, according to a new report by the EastWest Institute think tank. "It could take years to arrive at a global treaty on cybersecurity, since many states are not ready for it -- and perhaps never will be," concludes...

White House Open Gov Post Vacant

January 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House official overseeing the president's transparency initiative stepped down last week to return to her teaching post at New York Law School, Obama administration officials said Monday. A replacement has not been named. The departure of Beth Noveck, deputy chief technology officer, coincides with the second anniversary of...

Kundra Encourages Open Source...& Proprietary

January 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Friday sent agency chief information officers and senior procurement executives a memo directing them to weigh open source options when buying technology. Open source refers to technology based on nonproprietary parts, which allow third-party developers to improve and modify the product without having to pay the...

Commerce announces new shop to oversee online security

January 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is creating an office that will coordinate with the private sector to establish a secure pathway for people, organizations and computer programs to execute online transactions, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Friday. The office will be part of a credentialing initiative outlined in President Obama's 2009...

From Nextgov.com: Commerce announces new shop to oversee online security

January 7, 2011 The Obama administration is creating an office that will coordinate with the private sector to establish a secure pathway for people, organizations and computer programs to execute online transactions, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com