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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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House kicks off caucus to push for open government laws

March 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans and Democrats on Thursday launched a congressional transparency caucus that will call for new laws requiring federal information be accessible on the Internet for free and will teach other members about open government initiatives. "On a bipartisan basis this caucus can bring about real changes to the way ...

House Passes File Sharing Bill

March 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would mandate a policy banning the use of file sharing software on federal computers and networks, along with those used by contractors. H.R. 4098, introduced in November, directs the Office of Management and Budget to issue rules that forbid the tools and ...

Senator chides White House for ignoring existing transparency laws

March 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Republican senator said on Tuesday that the Obama administration's open government agenda is diverting its attention from existing transparency laws, including a spending accountability act that President Obama co-sponsored when he was in the Senate. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told White House officials at a hearing on Tuesday that ...

New Cookie Rules, April 7

March 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House early next month plans to change a federal Web site policy that bans tracking devices called cookies, which many commercial sites use to customize their pages for users, administration officials said on Tuesday. As part of comprehensive guidance called for under a December directive, the Office of ...

Google Stops Censoring, Stays In China

March 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google on Monday announced it has stopped filtering search results for Chinese citizens - a move that flies in the face of Chinese law - but plans to continue operating in China. The much-anticipated business decision follows the search giant's allegations in January that hackers from China penetrated its systems ...

IRS systems remain 'unnecessarily' open to employee abuse, GAO reports

March 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the height of tax season, federal auditors reported that weaknesses in the security of the Internal Revenue Service's financial and tax processing systems jeopardize the confidentiality and integrity of taxpayer information. "The agency remains unnecessarily vulnerable to insider threats related to the unauthorized access to and disclosure, modification or ...

Agencies must be the engines behind sustained transparency push

March 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top administration official on Friday said federal agencies and the public, more than the White House, are accountable for sustaining open government. The day after taking office, President Obama committed himself to an open government agenda that would improve transparency, citizen participation and public-private interaction, in part by applying ...

Supreme Court Sorta Spiffs Up Web Site

March 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The heavily-trafficked Web site of the U.S. Supreme Court -- long criticized for its confusing navigation and lack of information -- has finally been upgraded, somewhat. It now offers a case citation finder and an interactive calendar with links to further background on the cases scheduled for argument. In addition, ...

Congress moves to make transparency initiatives permanent

March 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers from both parties are pursuing efforts that would require agencies to post public information online by default, moves that would preserve for posterity elements of the Obama administration's open government agenda. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced on Tuesday the 2010 Public Online Information Act (H.R.4858), which would require all ...

Broadband Plan: Test Fed Sites

March 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The national broadband plan released by the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday presents federal Web managers with a somewhat impossible mission. The plan recommends that the Office of Management and Budget measure federal Web sites against private sector sites and hold federal sites that don't stack up accountable for improving ...