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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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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 ...

Fighting Federal Popups

June 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Any federal employee or vendor who regularly visits .gov websites should be familiar with a popup message that reads something like this: Thank you for visiting XYZ Agency. You have been randomly selected to take part in a survey to let us know what we are doing well and where ...

Privacy advocates give limited approval for new White House Web 2.0 policies

June 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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. On June 25, the Office of Management and Budget ...

Now You See It

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 ...