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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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United States is ill-prepared for a cyberwar, former adviser says

November 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A former cybersecurity official is warning that the nation would be unable to defend itself against a cyberwar that could knock out transportation systems and the power grid. "If a country decided to go war with the United States -- and if they then take their cyber unit and attack...

Twitter Ties

November 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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...

TSA Suffers More TWIC Card Challenges

November 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because Transportation Security Administration officials didn't provide port authorities with test results on biometric card readers, the authorities bought the costly equipment without knowing whether it worked, according to the Government Accountability Office. TSA currently is gauging the ability of various biometric card readers to scan so-called Transportation Worker Identification...

Analysis of IT Reforms Later Today

November 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House this morning announced much-anticipated contracting reforms that propose changing the budget cycle for information technology projects and developing a path to promotion for IT program managers. The details of the plan -- announced by Office of Management and Budget Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients -- are explained...

OMB plan to streamline IT purchasing wins praise but faces headwinds

November 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Coming changes to the way the government buys $80 billion worth of hardware and software annually have the potential during the next six months to expedite what has traditionally been a costly approach, according to former federal officials and industry groups. But part of the plan to create spending flexibility...

From Nextgov.com: OMB plan to streamline IT purchasing wins praise but faces headwinds

November 19, 2010 Coming changes to the way the government buys $80 billion worth of hardware and software annually have the potential during the next six months to expedite what has traditionally been a costly approach, according to former federal officials and industry groups. But part of the plan to create spending flexibility...

Lieberman unveils bill to stabilize funding for e-rule-making

November 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., on Thursday announced a bipartisan bill that for the first time would require stable funding for technology aimed at letting the general public in on the arcane process of shaping federal regulations -- e-rule-making. Rules are what the executive branch uses to put Congress' words into...

House DHS Cyber Bill Unveiled

November 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several House Democrats on Wednesday evening announced they have introduced legislation that would expand the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity powers, adding to the growing pile of competing bills aimed at protecting the Internet from criminals and foreign enemies. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the outgoing chairman of the Homeland Security Committee,...

Senators mull bill to require private sector reporting of cyberattacks

November 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senators are contemplating legislation to mandate that the private sector report cyberattacks in the wake of Stuxnet, a recently detected computer worm with potential to bring down industrial operations ranging from water treatment to manufacturing. At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Chairman Joe Lieberman,...

Debate swirls on overhauling cybersecurity certifications

November 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most cybersecurity professionals oppose the idea of restructuring training to boost workforce levels, according to a survey a trade association released on Wednesday, two days after a dueling report by a Washington security think tank called current certification programs inadequate. The Wednesday poll, conducted by (ISC)2, a nonprofit group that...