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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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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...

Homeland Security seeks major boost in cybersecurity funds

February 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has requested an unprecedented $936 million in funding for fiscal 2012 to grow the federal cybersecurity workforce and enhance network protections. President Obama's budget would grant DHS, which last year assumed responsibility for governmentwide cyber operations, a $100 million increase over funding enacted the last time...

From Nextgov.com: Homeland Security seeks major boost in cybersecurity funds

February 15, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has requested an unprecedented $936 million in funding for fiscal 2012 to grow the federal cybersecurity workforce and enhance network protections. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Administration's 2012 budget plan relies on IT savings

February 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tim Sloan/Newscom President Obama is asking Congress to end, pare back, or overhaul 211 federal services to recapture $33 billion in 2012 as part of a five-year freeze on discretionary nonsecurity funding. The programs targeted for the chopping block in the president's 2012 budget partly rely on three information technology...

From Nextgov.com: Administration's 2012 budget plan relies on IT savings

February 14, 2011 President Obama is asking Congress to end, pare back, or overhaul 211 federal services to recapture $33 billion in 2012 as part of a five-year freeze on discretionary nonsecurity funding. The programs targeted for the chopping block in the president's 2012 budget partly rely on three information technology initiatives slated...

House FY 2011 Bill Would Slash Cyber by $60 Million

February 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee intends to cut cybersecurity funding by $60 million for the last remaining seven months of the fiscal year. The committee on Friday introduced H.R. 1, the largest discretionary funding reduction in congressional history, which would take money away from the Homeland Security program that coordinates nationwide...

Cybersecurity bill could be stalled by House-Senate differences

February 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Republican tapped to drive passage of cyber legislation across committees said he does not plan to work on a comprehensive bill, a departure from Senate efforts to pass one large package covering federal, private and international networks. "I just don't think we're going to solve all of cyber...