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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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June 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 062910cioSPOTLIGHTinsNG(Jun. 29) - Veterans Affairs' Roger Baker, Government Executive's CIO of the Year, created a website to warn IT employees about initiatives at risk of being suspended.Chris Flynn Federal chief information officers always have faced the challenge of balancing information sharing with information protection - all while working to hit ...

From Nextgov.com: Privacy advocates give limited approval for new White House Web 2.0 policies

June 29, 2010 Civil liberties advocates are pleased some of their recommendations were included in new privacy policies that allow agencies to use website-tracking tools and third-party applications, but they are disappointed the guidelines omit more important safeguards that could better protect the public. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

White House to move slowly on inherently governmental IT jobs

June 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration could move slowly to bring information technology jobs now performed by contractors back to agencies, say some federal spending analysts. But one industry group says it is less concerned with what the White House decides to do than about Congress mandating insourcing without clear guidelines. Agencies will ...

White House to move slowly on inherently governmental IT jobs

June 28, 2010 The Obama administration could move slowly to bring information technology jobs now performed by contractors back to agencies, say some federal spending analysts. But one industry group says it is less concerned with what the White House decides to do than about Congress mandating insourcing without clear guidelines. Agencies will ...

Cookie Opt-Out Conundrum

June 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One civil liberties group that worked closely with the administration to develop privacy guidelines on the use of cookies says it is not satisfied with the final policy on such web-tracking tools that was released today. The Center for Democracy and Technology writes on its blog, "When we offered suggestions ...

State, Egyptian tech officials meet to improve U.S.-Muslim ties

June 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A delegation of Egyptian government officials that included the country's head of information technology met with U.S. policymakers during two days this week to discuss plans for building business ventures in both countries through online collaboration. "We recognize the importance of leveraging information technology to maximize our outreach and effectiveness," ...

White House abolishes decade-old cookies ban

June 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As expected, White House officials on Friday rolled back a 10-year-old prohibition on web-tracking devices called cookies, a policy that online experts said prevented agencies from personalizing online services to engage the public. For nearly a year, the Office of Management and Budget had been consulting with privacy advocates and ...

OMB launches website to publicly hold agencies accountable for improper payments

June 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jennifer Trezza/Nextgov.com The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday launched a website that is intended to publicly hold agencies accountable for payments distributed in error to vendors, benefit recipients and even schoolchildren. PaymentAccuracy.gov is part of an ongoing effort to rein in the $100 billion wasted on improper payments ...

From Nextgov.com: OMB launches website to publicly hold agencies accountable for improper payments

June 24, 2010 The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday launched a website that is intended to publicly hold agencies accountable for payments distributed in error to vendors, benefit recipients and even schoolchildren. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Agencies begin to get the feel of sensor technology

June 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Expect more civilian agencies to embed sensors in objects ranging from buoys to waterways during the next year in response to rising environmental concerns and dropping prices for computer chips, a federal tech analyst said. "What we are seeing in the market is a new generation of technology that is ...