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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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Twitter Ties

November 10, 2010 Many agencies have turned to Twitter as a public relations tool for keeping people informed. Followers online can gather snippets on everything from the secretary of State's remarks at Middle East peace talks to NASA's take on commercial space travel. But federal employees and consultants say the social networking service's...

GPO Now Personalizes HSPD-12 IDs

November 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies now have a colleague they can turn to for manufacturing their employee credential cards. The Government Printing Office, a federal agency, announced on Tuesday that the Obama administration has certified GPO to personalize identification cards for departments governmentwide. For years, outside vendors, such as VeriSign and Oberthur Technologies, have...

Models exist for tightening air cargo screening, specialists say

November 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Israeli government both have model procedures for securing freight with technology that the Homeland Security Department could emulate to tighten cargo screening aboard U.S.-bound flights, according to several transportation security experts. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday announced new security measures for planes...

Agencies slow to respond to requests for contractor data

November 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some federal procurement officers are refusing to publicly release contractor ratings data that may show agencies are not properly evaluating the performance of vendors who receive billion-dollar contracts, according to a consulting practice that regularly files Freedom of Information Act requests for the data. In June, Jeff Stachewicz, founder of...

Observers recommend broader role for government in cybersecurity

November 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public service campaigns to promote safe Web surfing and developing best practices for fending off cyberattacks are not constructive activities for the government, a panel of cybersecurity experts told Federal Communications Commission officials on Friday. FCC is now identifying the five most critical threats to the Internet, as well as...

From Nextgov.com: Agencies slow to respond to requests for contractor data

November 8, 2010 Some federal procurement officers are refusing to publicly release contractor ratings data that may show agencies are not properly evaluating the performance of vendors who receive billion-dollar contracts, according to a consulting practice that regularly files Freedom of Information Act requests for the data. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

FedRAMP May Be Slow to Ramp Up

November 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FedRAMP, the new program intended to accelerate security approvals of so-called cloud applications, may take a while to get off the ground, according to several federal chief information officers. The General Services Administration on Nov. 2 issued a single list of cybersecurity requirements that contractors and all agencies eventually will...

Using the Treasury Secretary in a Phishing Scam

November 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Somebody tried to pull a fast one on World Bank officials by e-mailing them a letter supposedly from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about China monetary policy, according to the Wall Street Journal. The trick had nothing to do with plans to stop the foreign country from skewing the trade balance...

Detaching IT security officers would harm cybersecurity, CIOs warn

November 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chief information officers of three large federal agencies are warning that legislative proposals intended to strengthen the role of chief information security officers by removing them from the CIO's office would undermine cybersecurity on federal networks. Many different cybersecurity bills have circulated in the House and Senate during the...

From Nextgov.com: Detaching IT security officers would harm cybersecurity, CIOs warn

November 4, 2010 The chief information officers of three large federal agencies are warning that legislative proposals intended to strengthen the role of chief information security officers by removing them from the CIO's office would undermine cybersecurity on federal networks. Read the full story on Nextgov.com