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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: Senate's Public Online Information Act draws criticism

May 7, 2010 A senator introduced a bill on Thursday that would require agencies to publish online future public records, including contracts and records belonging to federal suppliers -- a provision that has drawn criticism both from industry groups and transparency organizations. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Apps Speed NY Subway Commute

May 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While Washingtonians are just grateful when Metro subway cars move, some New Yorkers want mobile apps that will point them to the most convenient seats in New York City Transit cars. App developers have created a few tools for directing passengers to the quickest routes and to cars that will ...

Senate's Public Online Information Act draws criticism

May 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he had not consulted with contractors about his bill.Charles Dharapak/AP A senator introduced a bill on Thursday that would require agencies to publish online future public records, including contracts and records belonging to federal suppliers -- a provision that has drawn criticism both from industry ...

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 ...