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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Agencies must be the engines behind sustained transparency push

March 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top administration official on Friday said federal agencies and the public, more than the White House, are accountable for sustaining open government. The day after taking office, President Obama committed himself to an open government agenda that would improve transparency, citizen participation and public-private interaction, in part by applying ...

Supreme Court Sorta Spiffs Up Web Site

March 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The heavily-trafficked Web site of the U.S. Supreme Court -- long criticized for its confusing navigation and lack of information -- has finally been upgraded, somewhat. It now offers a case citation finder and an interactive calendar with links to further background on the cases scheduled for argument. In addition, ...

Congress moves to make transparency initiatives permanent

March 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers from both parties are pursuing efforts that would require agencies to post public information online by default, moves that would preserve for posterity elements of the Obama administration's open government agenda. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced on Tuesday the 2010 Public Online Information Act (H.R.4858), which would require all ...

Broadband Plan: Test Fed Sites

March 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The national broadband plan released by the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday presents federal Web managers with a somewhat impossible mission. The plan recommends that the Office of Management and Budget measure federal Web sites against private sector sites and hold federal sites that don't stack up accountable for improving ...

Stimulus Watchdogs Go CSI

March 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Analysts working for the independent federal board that monitors stimulus spending are using CSI-style tools to fight fraudsters, according to a report about oversight operations that the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board released to the president and Congress on Monday. The staffers, who have backgrounds in auditing, investigating, contracting, program ...

Bill would require agencies to post public documents online

March 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Steve Israel said his bill would take information "out of metal file cabinets and into the sunlight of the Internet."Evan Vucci/AP A House member unveiled a bill on Tuesday that would redefine executive branch public information as content that is available on the Internet and searchable, requiring agencies to ...

The Point of No Return

March 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chris Flynn Congress must choose between limiting the federal information technology budget to reduce the deficit and boosting investments to yield greater returns in the future. President Obama has urged replacing 20-year-old agency IT systems with newer technologies as well as outsourcing operations to Web-based providers. Both approaches are costly ...

From Nextgov.com: More agencies use cookies to track Web activity

March 16, 2010 Some federal departments have obtained waivers to sidestep a long-standing policy that bars government Web sites from tracking visitor activity on the Internet. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

More agencies use cookies to track Web activity

March 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some federal departments have obtained waivers to sidestep a long-standing policy that bars government Web sites from tracking visitor activity on the Internet. In 2000, the Office of Management and Budget issued a federal policy banning the use of persistent cookies, files that a Web site deposits on a user's ...

Upcoming: House Transparency Caucus

March 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are expected next week to announce the formation of a bipartisan congressional transparency caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the panel's ranking member, and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill. The caucus will pursue a legislative agenda focused on free, online ...