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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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House panel advances bill to make chief technology officer and cyber czar permanent jobs

May 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House subcommittee on Wednesday approved legislation that would make permanent the positions of federal chief technology officer and national cybersecurity director. An amendment, offered by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., to codify the CTO position was folded into H.R. 4900 following his year-long effort to pass a standalone CTO ...

From Nextgov.com: Panel advances bill to make chief technology officer, cyber czar permanent jobs

May 5, 2010 A House subcommittee on Wednesday approved legislation that would make permanent the positions of federal chief technology officer and national cybersecurity director. An amendment, offered by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., to codify the CTO position was folded into H.R. 4900 following his year-long effort to pass a standalone CTO ...

Social Security turns to the Web to manage escalating workload

May 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration is deploying video technology and establishing a mechanism to confirm the identities of applicants online so it can keep up with increasing claims, Chief Information Officer Franklin H. Baitman said. Citizens traditionally have interacted directly with SSA personnel at the agency's 1,400 offices. But a deluge ...

E-health records grants to create 1,000 jobs, White House says

May 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health information technology grants awarded to 15 communities for expanding the use of electronic health records also will create about 1,000 jobs, White House officials announced on Tuesday. Everyone wants to hear, "You're hired," said Jared Bernstein, chief economist to Vice President Joseph Biden, during a conference call with reporters. ...

Group gives most open government plans mediocre marks

May 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's plan was given bonus points for including actions that went beyond the open government directive.NASA This article was updated at 3:55 pm on Monday, May 3. An independent audit of agencies' plans to instill transparency into their missions ranked the Office of Management and Budget, which spearheaded the Obama ...

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 ...