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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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OMB to issue transparency directive within a few weeks

October 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra submitted recommendations for open government directive.Mark Lennihan/AP The Obama administration is poised to issue a long-awaited open government directive as soon as two weeks from now that strikes a balance between new information technology and new policies, White House officials said. One of the ...

OMB Pedometers Budget Health

October 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To kick off the fiscal year, the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday is prodding its employees to become fiscally fit inside and out. All OMB staffers were given the option of receiving a pedometer for recording their physical activity online and virtually racing with their colleagues. The top ...

Hill demands FEMA quickly upgrade aging public warning system

October 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers demanded on Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency move quickly to upgrade the nation's Cold War-era public warning system so presidential alerts will reach Americans through modern communications, including cell phones. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency ...

Emergency Alert System Not Wired

September 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Wednesday declared American Samoa a major disaster after the territory was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. But if the president wanted to spread that message nationwide, today, it wouldn't get very far. A government auditor on Wednesday testified before Congress that the federal government has made ...

Transparency, Free Speech, Privacy

September 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The civil liberties group Center for Democracy and Technology highlighted on Tuesday an interesting question facing the Obama administration as it promotes technology as a tool for increasing transparency: Is there such a thing as too much transparency? CDT staffers blogged: Last week we learned that Humana -- and possibly ...

New Recovery.gov's intent remains laudable, but execution still in question

September 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The newly overhauled Recovery.gov represents progress in providing information on government spending, but the transparency of the $787 billion stimulus program will depend more on the accuracy of the data the White House posts on the Web site, said good government advocates and citizens. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board ...

From Nextgov.com: Obama administration unveils Recovery.gov makeover

September 28, 2009 The Obama administration debuted on Monday the much-anticipated overhaul of Recovery.gov, featuring sophisticated pictorial representations of spending data, advanced search functions, multimedia tutorials and some downloads. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Recovery board unveils makeover of stimulus spending Web site

September 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government-appointed watchdogs debuted on Monday the much-anticipated overhaul of Recovery.gov, featuring sophisticated pictorial representations of spending data, advanced search functions, multimedia tutorials and some downloads. The upgrade does not include new stimulus results, such as jobs statistics, which will be funneled into the site later in October. The Recovery Accountability ...

Recovery.gov asks citizen developers for ways to improve site

September 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The contractors that are refurbishing Recovery.gov have reached out to citizen developers for advice on how to make raw data available on the site, which the Obama administration plans to relaunch on Sept. 28. The official stimulus-monitoring site is intended to show the public the results of the hundreds of ...

OMB needs to ensure more accountability for stimulus spending

September 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget has not implemented recommendations that demand more accountability from recipients of stimulus funds and agencies that distribute funds, federal auditors confirmed. Recipients who received stimulus money are required to submit spending data to FederalReporting.gov, a password-protected data warehouse operated by the government, by Oct. ...