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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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Reitinger's departure was not unexpected

May 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Philip Reitinger, the Homeland Security Department's lead computer security official, checked off key tasks on DHS' to-do list before settling on June 3 as the date he will step aside to spend the summer with his young children, say sources familiar with his thinking. Besides negotiating new authorities for DHS...

From Nextgov: Interior center inadvertently exposes personal data of SEC employees

May 19, 2011 An Interior Department payroll processing center that provides services to several agencies unintentionally exposed the full names and Social Security numbers of nearly 4,000 Securities and Exchange Commission employees earlier this month, according to Interior officials. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

U.S. border agents to snag drug-smuggling jets with Canadian military radar

May 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department this fall plans to employ military-grade radar feeds from Canada to spot low-altitude aircraft smuggling drugs, but officials have not stationed any license-plate cameras to catch vehicles carrying the cash that funds such illicit flights. While drug trafficking is more prevalent along the southern border than...

From Nextgov.com: U.S. border agents to snag drug-smuggling jets with Canadian military radar

May 18, 2011 The Homeland Security Department this fall plans to employ military-grade radar feeds from Canada to spot low-altitude aircraft smuggling drugs, but officials have not stationed any license-plate cameras to catch vehicles carrying the cash that funds such illicit flights. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

DHS accused of hiding fingerprinting data

May 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Plaintiffs in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit contend the Homeland Security Department is attempting to hide information on a controversial immigrant fingerprinting program by refusing to release court-ordered email trails. Under the program, called Secure Communities, officials check the digital fingerprints of people booked by local law enforcement against...

Nextgov.com: DHS accused of hiding fingerprinting data

May 17, 2011 Plaintiffs in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit contend the Homeland Security Department is attempting to hide information on a controversial immigrant fingerprinting program by refusing to release court-ordered email trails. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Administration unveils cybersecurity foreign policy

May 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cabinet officials on Monday introduced a plan to incorporate network security into future foreign policy actions. The announcement of an international strategy for cyberspace comes one week after the White House sent Congress a legislative proposal for a sweeping overhaul of U.S. network security. Monday's policy outlines the moves the...

DHS Contemplates the Cloud for 3rd Try on Financial System

May 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security officials confirmed they have nixed a project that was supposed to tie together the department's financial systems, instead opting to consider a smaller network located remotely, in the cloud. Friday morning, Nextgov reported that DHS yanked the Transformation and Systems Consolidation program, or TASC, after current contractors on...

DHS ditches unified financial management system

May 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security plans to abandon construction of a combined finance, acquisition and asset management system at a departmentwide data center and instead bridge several systems, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Nextgov. The decision follows contract protests by incumbent vendors and a Web-based service provider. In March, federal auditors...

White House sends Congress a long-awaited cybersecurity proposal

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Thursday sent Congress a formal proposal for cybersecurity legislation to help Senate lawmakers craft a passable bill from 50-some measures currently pending in both chambers. The long-awaited framework would formally grant the Homeland Security Department oversight of cybersecurity operations within civilian federal agencies -- a role...