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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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Groups want agencies to post more advisory meetings on the Web

June 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some government transparency groups are pushing the Obama administration to post online videos, recordings or transcripts of meetings that outside advisers hold to formulate new policies for agencies. Federal law dictates that agencies ensure the recommendations of advisory committees are accessible to the public. But no mandate or policy requires ...

OMB wants agencies to emphasize IT efficiencies in 2012 budgets

June 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Peter R. Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, issued a memo on Tuesday telling agencies to include in their fiscal 2012 information technology budgets efforts to emulate the private sector's level of efficiency such as consolidating IT infrastructure. Record-breaking deficits are prompting the drastic measures, according to ...

GAO calls for better efficiency measurements, but IT could help

June 8, 2010 The Office of Management and Budget should focus more on assessing agency performance in the face of record-breaking deficits, and applying information technology to boost efficiencies this year should aid that effort, federal auditors said. A Government Accountability Office report released on Monday said OMB has issued inconsistent, limited guidance ...

U.S. Transfers Control Of Iraqi E-Library

June 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States on Monday is expected to announce the transfer of control of an online research library to the Iraqi people, according to a federally-funded nonprofit organization that had managed the project. The move represents the culmination of a four-year U.S.-Iraq partnership to reinvigorate scientific study in the Middle ...

GAO calls for better efficiency measurements, but IT could help

June 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget should focus more on assessing agency performance in the face of record-breaking deficits, and applying information technology to boost efficiencies this year should aid that effort, federal auditors said. A Government Accountability Office report released on Monday said OMB has issued inconsistent, limited guidance ...

Some worry SEC's proposed system to monitor stock markets too ambitious

June 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Skeptics have labeled the Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed plan to create a system that would monitor all trades within three years as possibly too ambitious. SEC issued a proposal on May 26 to develop a $4 billion system that would track trades instantaneously, be fully funded by exchanges and ...

Lawmakers question agencies' online contests and prizes

June 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is asking agencies to coordinate online contests and prizes as a way to reach outside Washington for ideas that will improve government, but some lawmakers say such efforts amount to misuse of federal funds. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Pete Olson, R-Texas, argue the agency running Regulations.gov, ...

Nextgov.com: Lawmakers question agencies’ online contests and prizes

June 3, 2010 The White House is asking agencies to coordinate online contests and prizes as a way to reach outside Washington for ideas that will improve government, but some lawmakers say such efforts amount to misuse of federal funds. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Site launched to collect public input on airline rule

June 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cornell University launched an interactive website on Wednesday to engage the public in reforming a proposed rule to expand the rights of airline passengers, marking the second time the institution has partnered with the Transportation Department to improve the regulatory process using Web 2.0. The rule, which Transportation Secretary Ray ...

Amazon talks cybersecurity in the cloud for feds

June 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House and some atypical federal contractors are out to calm fears among agency technology managers that outsourcing their computing to the cloud is a security nightmare waiting to happen. Cloud computing, using on-demand hardware and software that is hosted online by a third party, might be gaining traction ...