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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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Cloud computing better protects data, Verizon says

October 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As more federal workers rely on tablet computers and other mobile devices for tasks ranging from transmitting patient records on the battlefield to photographing safety violations at meatpacking plants, the number of data breaches might drop -- if users type in the cloud, Verizon officials said Wednesday. "As the tablets...

From Nextgov.com: Cloud computing better protects data, Verizon says

October 27, 2010 As more federal workers rely on tablet computers and other mobile devices for tasks ranging from transmitting patient records on the battlefield to photographing safety violations at meatpacking plants, the number of data breaches might drop -- if users type in the cloud, Verizon officials said Wednesday. Read the full...

OMB eases reporting requirements for financial chiefs

October 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget will no longer require chief financial officers to update a series of federal databases with information on progress toward many fiscal goals published on a website called FIDO.gov, according to an internal memo Nextgov obtained. On Oct. 15, Deputy Controller Debra Bond e-mailed the...

Bass Leaving OMB Watch

October 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow OMB Watch founder Gary Bass, who has advocated for greater government accountability for almost three decades, is leaving next year to head the foundation of the Bauman family, he announced on Monday. From his perch as executive director of OMB Watch, Bass has pushed for more public involvement in the...

Lots of Internet Freedom in Russia

October 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Russia, a formerly repressive regime, citizens seem to have at least one new avenue of freedom that U.S. State Department officials have been trying to prop open globally: the blogosphere. Pro-government activists are not making much noise there, according to a new study by Harvard University's Berkman Center for...

Security flaws found in systems that track recovery-related spending at Transportation

October 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Transportation Department websites that post stimulus spending results could be vulnerable to hackers looking to attack visitors' computers and manipulate data, according to the department's inspector general. In December 2009, the IG's office began examining safeguards for the systems that track the $48 billion Congress authorized Transportation to spend on...

From Nextgov.com: Flaw found in systems that track recovery-related spending at Transportation

October 25, 2010 Transportation Department websites that post stimulus spending results could be vulnerable to hackers looking to attack visitors' computers and manipulate data, according to the department's inspector general. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Official says government is helpless against fake security certifications

October 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House official on Friday said fake secure websites created to steal money or personal information are a danger the government is powerless to control. The comment from Andrew McLaughlin, White House deputy chief technology officer for Internet policy, came during a panel discussion on emerging threats to e-commerce...

Recovery Board will track nonstimulus funding for education jobs

October 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board that oversees stimulus spending will launch a website in mid-November to track nonstimulus federal funding for education jobs, a senior federal official said on Thursday. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which Congress established in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is responsible for creating the...

From Nextgov.com: Recovery Board will track nonstimulus funding for education jobs

October 21, 2010 The board that oversees stimulus spending will launch a website in mid-November to track nonstimulus federal funding for education jobs, a senior federal official said on Thursday. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which Congress established in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is responsible for creating the...