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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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From Nextgov.com: Congress, administration grapple with cyber defense authority

April 11, 2011 The head of the military unit overseeing cyberspace reaffirmed that the U.S. Cyber Command cannot monitor civilian networks, noting its powerlessness over systems outside the .mil domain might require congressional action. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

No Shutdown Reporting Reprieve for Stimulus Fund Recipients

April 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While perhaps not critical to the protection of life and property, the economic stimulus-tracking website Recovery.gov is exempt from the government shutdown. The site, which will be updated later this month, is funded through 2009 Recovery Act appropriations -- not the annual agency appropriations that Congress is debating today. A...

Lawmaker: TSA should supply screening technology to foreign countries

April 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Transportation Security Administration experts have traveled the globe to train foreign aviation officials in countries that lack resources, but TSA is not allowed to offer surplus security technology to those nations, say some lawmakers who see the limitation as a threat to the U.S. supply chain and public safety. "One...

Cybersecurity staff won't be furloughed in shutdown, DHS officials say

April 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Department personnel and contractor support staff who perform cybersecurity functions would not be furloughed during a government shutdown, DHS officials said. As the prospects dim for Republicans, Democrats and the White House to broker a deal for funding agency services, federal departments are racing to determine which employees...

Shutdown Would Delay Obama Cyber Reforms

April 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Work on a White House legislative proposal for cybersecurity reform would be delayed by a government shutdown, Obama administration officials told senators. Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who recently lambasted the administration for stalling passage by withholding judgment on the issue, pressed officials this week to...

Justice balks at requiring law enforcement officers to obtain search warrants for all digital data

April 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With Congress expected to take action on Internet privacy legislation this year, the Justice Department on Wednesday warned lawmakers against mandating that law enforcement officers obtain search warrants to access all online communications. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., invited Obama administration officials to share their concerns and suggestions about...

Deployed troops to get new security tool, allowing access to latest computers

April 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Troops in the Middle East should soon have faster, safer access to the latest computers on the market, as a result of a small disk the Defense Department developed that instantly standardizes the security settings on Microsoft Windows desktops deployed overseas, Pentagon officials said. Military personnel assigned to the Combined...

With shutdown looming, IRS software providers face confusion

April 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With less than two weeks to go before the April 18 tax-filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service has not instructed its partner software providers on how to carryout electronic filing if the government shuts down April 9, officials from TurboTax-maker Intuit said. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are struggling to agree...

From Nextgov.com: With shutdown looming, IRS software providers face confusion

April 5, 2011 With less than two weeks to go before the April 18 tax-filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service has not instructed its partner software providers on how to carryout electronic filing if the government shuts down April 9, officials from TurboTax-maker Intuit said. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

White House push to help technology startups gets mixed reviews

April 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In May 2009, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told an auditorium full of venture capitalists that the White House would make it a goal to buy innovative technology from atypical contractors like startups and Silicon Valley Web outfits. Two years later, that kind of outreach is on the rise,...