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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: Group gives open government plans mediocre marks

May 3, 2010 An independent audit of agencies' plans to instill transparency into their missions ranked the Office of Management and Budget, which spearheaded the Obama administration's open government initiative, near the bottom and placed NASA at the top, according to a coalition of good government groups that released the results on Monday. ...

Defining Dashboards

May 1, 2010 Agencies are boosting transparency online, but making data meaningful is the real trick. In the spirit of transparency, federal agencies have begun charting their performance for all to see, using online dashboards replete with pie charts and color-coded diagrams that measure progress in specific missions. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek ...

Corporate execs tell White House about benefits of contests

April 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials sat through an eight-hour workshop on Friday and discussed how to play games -- sort of. The White House brought in corporate executives to teach government policymakers how to solve the nation's problems by offering prizes to people and philanthropic projects with the best ideas. The session expands ...

From Nextgov.com: Financial regulatory agencies seek to upgrade IT systems

April 29, 2010 Faced with the possibility of greater regulatory responsibilities, the Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission must upgrade their information technology systems, CFTC and SEC heads told Senate appropriators on Wednesday afternoon. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

House transparency caucus vows to regain public's trust in government

April 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twenty-seven House Republicans and Democrats kicked off a congressional transparency caucus on Thursday with a panel discussion on how the government can earn back Americans' trust. "We're going to do a review and find out whether the public accepts the current disclosure," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., co-founding chairman of ...

Financial regulatory agencies seek to upgrade IT systems

April 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chairman Gary Gensler testified that the CFTC is looking to start implementing technology upgrades.Zhang Jun/Landov Faced with the possibility of greater regulatory responsibilities, the Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission must upgrade their information technology systems, CFTC and SEC heads told Senate appropriators on Wednesday afternoon. ...

Top 10 Satisfying E-Gov Services

April 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agency websites have adjusted well over the past year to new leadership, showing a significant increase in satisfaction between the first quarter of 2009 and 2010, according to the latest quarterly report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Satisfaction with online services reached 75.1 on the index's 100-point scale, a ...

From Nextgov.com: Many Americans surfing for hard facts about government

April 27, 2010 Forty percent of adults who use the Internet are surfing for data about the business of government, a proportion that shocked researchers, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Agencies issue self-evaluations for open government plans

April 27, 2010 Ahead of schedule, the White House has posted agencies' assessments of plans for incorporating Obama's principles of open government into their missions. Each agency was required on April 7 to submit a roadmap for increasing civic participation, private sector collaboration and transparency in government. White House officials that day said, ...

Many Americans surfing for hard facts about government

April 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Forty percent of adults who use the Internet are surfing for data about the business of government, a proportion that shocked researchers, according to a survey published on Tuesday. "People want to know what's going on in government," said the report's author Aaron Smith, a researcher at the Pew Research ...