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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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(Mail)Man Vs. Machine

November 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors on Thursday reported that workforce costs at the U.S. Postal Service decreased only slightly this year, despite automation at USPS. Phillip Herr, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before Congress, "USPS's financial condition and outlook continue to be challenging despite recent congressional action ...

Old mainframes hinder Social Security's move to online services

November 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obsolete mainframe software at the Social Security Administration threatens to slow the deployment of online services, just as the number of retiring baby boomers is increasing and adding to the agency's workload, according to a white paper an industry group released on Friday. SSA has stored citizens' retirement information in ...

Open government conference sponsor takes flak over its software

November 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adobe on Wednesday hosted a free open government conference aimed at promoting online transparency, amid protests by bloggers who question the transparency benefits of the software company's products. The well-attended conference showcased pioneers in federal new media, including Lisa Schlosser, director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Information Collection, ...

From Nextgov.com: White House's online contests for federal employees have roots in Virginia

November 3, 2009 The White House has borrowed a strategy that one of its top technology executives employed while working for the commonwealth of Virginia, using online contests to motivate federal employees to submit ideas that improve government performance. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Recovery Mode

November 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney and his team had to find an accurate and public way to account for stimulus spending - and quickly.Chris Flynn Early this year, as the federal government set out to distribute $787 billion in economic stimulus funds, the challenge quickly became one of situational awareness. ...

White House's online contests for feds have roots in Virginia

November 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has borrowed a strategy that one of its top technology executives employed while working for the commonwealth of Virginia, using online contests to motivate federal employees to submit ideas that improve government performance. In 2007, Virginia officials, including Aneesh Chopra, then the commonwealth's secretary of technology, introduced ...

Recovery Mode

November 1, 2009 Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney and his team had to find an accurate and public way to account for stimulus spending-and quickly. Early this year, as the federal government set out to distribute $787 billion in economic stimulus funds, the challenge quickly became one of situational awareness. An unknown number ...

More detailed stimulus reports could end up creating more jobs

October 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first-ever economic recovery reports from grant and loan recipients, which went online late Friday, could have a multiplier effect in the federal technology sector as companies analyze the results to glean business leads. Recovery.gov, the federal Web site that tracks the results of the $787 billion economic stimulus program, ...

Recovery.gov Missing Pieces

October 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery.gov on Friday will sport a few improvements and a lot more offerings, but perhaps one piece of valuable information will be missing: the demographics of the people receiving money. The Web site, a clearinghouse of results from the $787 billion stimulus effort, will release all reports collected through Oct. ...

Officials cite IT as key to monitoring the real-time spread of H1N1 flu

October 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior health officials in the Obama administration told a House panel on Tuesday that they do not have a real-time picture of the spread of the H1N1 flu strain, a comprehensive view that information technology could provide to minimize the number of infections from the contagious virus. President Obama on ...