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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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State and Mexican billionaire team on texting to fight drug violence

December 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unmarked tombs, many of them victims of drug violence, are seen at a municipal cemetery in Tijuana, Mexico.Guillermo Arias/AP An adviser for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking into developing a text-messaging service that would allow Mexicans to safely report under-the-radar incidents of drug-related bloodshed. "People feel they can ...

Toast To Transparency

December 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Washington on Tuesday night, the Sunlight Foundation is hosting an impromptu transparency happy hour to "mull" over the open government directive that the White House issued this morning. The Facebook invite reads, "Come join us on this momentous occasion! Come join Sunlight tonight to celebrate and discuss the release ...

Open government directive sets tight deadlines

December 8, 2009 The White House issued on Tuesday a highly anticipated directive outlining how federal agencies should make operations more open and solicit public opinions, setting an aggressive timeline for them to implement the new practices. The guidance, which President Obama announced on his first day in office, is intended to promote ...

White House issues demanding open government directive

December 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The directive was developed based on recommendations from federal CTO Aneesh Chopra.Mark Lennihan/AP The White House issued on Tuesday a highly anticipated directive outlining how agencies should make operations more open and solicit public opinions, setting an aggressive timeline for them to implement the new practices. The guidance, which President ...

Open Government Directive Arrives

December 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow UPDATE: OMB Director Peter Orszag on Tuesday morning posted the 11-page directive on Whitehouse.gov. The document is dated Dec. 8, 2008 - clearly a farsighted initiative. The White House, at long last, has a release date for the transparency directive that President Obama announced on his first day at work: ...

VA mulling fate of e-learning project, one of 45 it suspended

December 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans Affairs Department personnel who worked on an e-learning project that top agency officials suspended this summer say the project should be terminated and officials are contemplating removing the contractor. The department's Learning Management System was among 45 information technology projects that VA suspended in July because the projects either ...

Bailout Transparency Bill Advances

December 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill aimed at shedding sunlight on bailout spending finally passed the House this week and now goes to the Senate, where IT vendors, a few Republicans and the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil liberties group, are cheering it on. A similar Senate measure has been pending before ...

From Nextgov.com: Questions raised about access to public comments that White House gathers

December 4, 2009 Open government advocates have criticized the Obama administration for removing some public comments it collected on a site developed for the presidential transition and fear the practice means the White House might stop making some citizen input accessible on its site. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Ability to access comments gathered by White House questioned

December 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open government advocates have criticized the Obama administration for removing some public comments it collected on a site developed for the presidential transition and fear the practice means the White House might stop making some citizen input accessible on its site. The 1978 Presidential Records Act requires the Executive Office ...

Mashups of stimulus spending data leads to two fraud investigations

December 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agency inspectors general are pursuing criminal investigations based on the findings of mashup software, applications that combine data sets to find relationships and causes, that the board overseeing the $787 billion economic stimulus fund has used to identify possible contract fraud in the massive program. "We have made referrals that ...