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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: U.S. nuke agency announces new cyber, physical security controls

July 8, 2010 The agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile announced on Thursday the rollout of new information and physical security controls aimed at balancing efficiency and safety. But officials said the implementation of information security improvements is about a year behind the progress the agency has made on physical protection. ...

Bill includes porn-blocking technology for federal networks

July 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House passed this month an amendment to a supplemental spending bill that bars federal agencies from using funds for computer networks unless the systems block pornography. One information security expert called the requirement wise, but warned Congress should leave it up to agencies to specify the controls they use ...

White House considers clearer instructions for spending reports

July 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In response to an analysis that found the government's official stimulus-tracking website was hard for the public to understand, the White House is working with agency officials to consider whether they should issue additional instructions to recipients on how to report spending. The Government Accountability Office issued on Monday 424 ...

White House wants to hear from nanotechnology experts

July 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nanotechnology may be able to help treat diseases on a cellular level.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Obama administration on Tuesday began soliciting feedback on a new strategy for agencies to help revolutionize industry through the use of nanotechnology. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued ...

From Nextgov.com: White House considers clearer instructions for spending reports

July 6, 2010 In response to an analysis that found the government's official stimulus-tracking website was hard for the public to understand, the White House is working with agency officials to consider whether they should issue additional instructions to recipients on how to report spending. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Transparency In Space

July 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague Bob Brewin notes that President Obama has let up on the government's long held belief that America controls outer space in signing a new national space policy that contemplates relying on non-U.S. satellite navigation for backup and support. The plan also imagines extraterrestrial observation as a way of ...

GSA unveils overhaul of USA.gov, featuring mobile apps

July 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration unveiled on Friday a refurbished USA.gov, the official home page for federal services and resources. It now features mobile applications, a more sophisticated search engine and other enhanced navigation aides. One mobile app, allowing consumers to scan a product's barcode with their smartphones to immediately determine ...

GSA unveils overhaul of USA.gov, featuring mobile apps

July 2, 2010 The General Services Administration unveiled on Friday a refurbished USA.gov, the official home page for federal services and resources. It now features mobile applications, a more sophisticated search engine and other enhanced navigation aides. One mobile app, allowing consumers to scan a product's barcode with their smartphones to immediately determine ...

Senate nixes data transparency provision in financial overhaul

July 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., offered the proposal.Barbara L. Salisbury/Landov Senators inexplicably killed a data transparency amendment proposed for the financial overhaul bill, prompting the head of the House Financial Services Committee to vow to quickly bring the item before the full House for a separate vote. The amendment Rep. Darrell ...

Health IT Checkup

July 1, 2010 Defense and Veterans Affairs lead the way in making a nationwide health information network a reality. It's not often the federal government leads the private sector in creating innovative online applications. But in health information technology, the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have been pioneers in building a network that ...