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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: DHS chief says cybersecurity is a civilian -- not military -- problem

December 16, 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday asserted cybersecurity is a civilian domain, not a military battlefield or private sector jurisdiction, as some critics of federal cyber policy have argued. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

VA to institute Medicare-based fees for certain services

December 16, 2010 The Veterans Affairs Department is instituting standard fees based on Medicare rates for certain medical services performed at non-VA facilities to gain greater price consistency. But the change may restrict access to care for some retired military members with kidney problems, according to some members of the Senate Veterans Affairs...

Effort to shore up Census count stalls in House

December 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Tuesday night rejected Senate-passed legislation aimed at ensuring a more accurate population count partly by letting Americans respond to the 2020 Census questionnaire online. Earlier in the day, federal auditors released three reports reiterating the need for managerial changes to fix problems that occurred during the 2010...

Passing of Holbrooke, Rise of WikiLeaks

December 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Richard Holbrooke led closed-door negotiations during the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement to end the Bosnian War, but his passing on Monday night was nearly overshadowed by WikiLeaks' effort to end such discretion, notes scholar Michael Fullilove, who spoke with the former State assistant secretary this year for a forthcoming book...

Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

December 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Denial-of-service attacks in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks incident show the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing, say several cybersecurity specialists. The online infrastructures underpinning WikiLeaks and the cloud -- where the White House wants to move government information technology systems -- depend on third-parties to stay...

From Nextgov.com: Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

December 13, 2010 Denial-of-service attacks in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks incident show the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing, say several cybersecurity specialists. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Postal Service names new chief information officer

December 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new postmaster general has replaced the agency's chief information officer, Ross Philo, with Ellis Burgoyne, a former mail delivery manager, as part of an effort to boost profits and expedite shipments. The switch is one of several managerial changes that Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced on Wednesday, including...

NASA gets a head start on cybersecurity improvements

December 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While other federal agencies wait for the White House and lawmakers to conclude their battle over stalled cyber legislation, NASA now has its own mandate to manage cyber threats using real-time intelligence. Before breaking for campaign season, space fans in Congress quietly pushed through a workaround in a law that...

25-Point Plan for Overhauling IT Contracts

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Thursday morning released a 25-point implementation plan to execute one of the biggest information technology contracting overhauls since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act. The problem the plan aims to tackle: Productivity gains in the private sector have outpaced government performance even though federal agencies spent about $600...

White House details sweeping changes to federal computing

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's chief information officer on Thursday detailed proposals for some of the most sweeping changes to hit federal computing since the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act created agency CIO jobs. Most of the 25-point action plan revolves around trying to establish a so-called modular approach to launching new applications, in which...