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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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Cybersecurity brings new wrinkle to 'essential' personnel

February 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With a possible government shutdown looming, agencies face a tough decision that was barely an issue in 1995, the last time they had to furlough employees: Which computer security personnel should be required to continue working? The stalemate between Congress and the White House over funding levels for the rest...

From Nextgov.com: Cybersecurity brings new wrinkle to 'essential' personnel

February 22, 2011 With a possible government shutdown looming, agencies face a tough decision that was barely an issue in 1995, the last time they had to furlough employees: Which computer security personnel should be required to continue working? Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

VOA Site Hacked By Apparent Iranian Pro-Gov Group

February 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The website of U.S.-funded broadcaster Voice of America Persian was attacked by an Iranian pro-government group, according to a correspondent for sister station Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. The main VOA site also appeared to have been hacked, as of 9:04 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. "Website of VOA Persian Service...

Administration's budget would expand Homeland Security's acquisition force

February 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano justified a $24 million budget request for expanding and training the department's acquisition workforce by acknowledging contract management has been inconsistent across DHS. "It's a big department," Napolitano said Thursday afternoon. "We do a lot of acquisitions. We are often criticized for some of those...

From Nextgov.com: Administration's budget would expand DHS' acquisition force

February 18, 2011 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano justified a $24 million budget request for expanding and training the department's acquisition workforce by acknowledging contract management has been inconsistent across DHS. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Lieberman Revises Cyber Bill To Ban Kill Switch

February 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amid criticism that Senate cyber legislation would authorize the U.S. president to shut off the Internet, a la Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, the bill's original cosponsors on Thursday night announced a replacement proposal that specifies the president shall have no such powers. The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, a revised version...

Lawmakers scrutinize delayed immigration processing program

February 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A troubled Homeland Security Department project intended to expedite the processing of immigration papers has run into additional delays and is attracting congressional scrutiny. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the Transformation program, started it in 2007 with the goal of using $536 million by 2013 to automate a...

From Nextgov.com: Lawmakers scrutinize delayed immigration processing program

February 17, 2011 A troubled Homeland Security Department project intended to expedite the processing of immigration papers has run into additional delays and is attracting congressional scrutiny. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

The White House's 2012 budget devotes a greater percentage of IT funds to cybersecurity

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget requests relatively flat funding for information technology governmentwide, a greater portion of the funds are expected to go toward security. Some of the money for new cybersecurity investments will come from dollars saved by shifting infrastructure to the cloud, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek...

Senate buys time by extending parts of Patriot Act

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate voted 86-12 on Tuesday night to extend for three months key surveillance clauses in the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act, in essence buying time to settle arguments over whether to add civil rights protections or make the provisions permanent. Democrats were under pressure to act on the measures, after...