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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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From Nextgov.com: Cloud raises diplomatic issues, top Clinton aide says

April 14, 2010 Cloud computing is a double-edged sword in the fight for Internet freedom, a top State Department official said on Wednesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Chatting with Public Officials

April 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House official this month has been taking heat for doing something many of us do almost reflexively on a daily basis - chatter with friends, coworkers and bosses online. Andrew McLaughlin, the White House deputy chief technology officer for Internet policy, reportedly used Web-based e-mail to communicate with ...

Cyber Reports Prod Senate Action

April 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is not fully following information security initiatives, according to two separate reports published by the Government Accountability Office on Monday. Senators who requested the audits called for the creation of a permanent cyber czar in response to findings that agencies are not implementing a critical Homeland Security ...

Lawmaker questions White House official's use of Gmail

April 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite concern, Issa did not call for prohibiting White House from using social network applications.Scott J. Ferrell/Newscom A House Republican is questioning the legality of a White House official's reported use of Web-based e-mail to communicate with lobbyists at Google and high-ranking White House officials. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the ...

From Nextgov.com: Lawmaker questions White House official's use of Gmail

April 12, 2010 A House Republican is questioning the legality of a White House official's reported use of Web-based e-mail to communicate with lobbyists at Google and high-ranking White House officials. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

GSA's quest for free contest app may be fruitless, some say

April 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow GSA's David McClure says the agency might later ask for a fee-based product.James Kegley The government is asking industry and other interested groups for a free application that will let agencies launch online competitions, but developers who run such contests and some contracting specialists say the government may not get ...

New social media rules lauded, but advocates note cookie policy omission

April 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New regulations issued on Wednesday aimed at removing obstacles to using Internet-based tools for transparency are long overdue, said accountability groups and privacy advocates, but they pointed out a promised revision to an outdated ban on cookies was conspicuously absent. In accordance with a December presidential directive, agencies released on ...

Coburn: The Law's the Law

April 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In conjunction with the release of agency plans intended to ingrain transparency into departmental activities, the White House on Wednesday released several policies aimed at accelerating those efforts. The new policies and the open government plans were released on Wednesday pursuant to an open government directive issued in December. The ...

OGov Plans, Social Media Regs Out

April 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You can now read the open government plans of every federal agency, the culmination of an experiment in transparency that President Obama launched the day after being sworn into office. In addition, the Office of Management and Budget has released guidance clarifying that Paperwork Reduction Act restrictions on collecting information ...

Agencies' open government plans receive mostly positive reviews

April 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama called for the open government plans in a directive issued in December 2009.Alex Brandon/AP Agencies capped a 14-month endeavor on Wednesday when they released plans outlining how they will use Internet-based technologies in retooling operations to open the federal government to the public. The documents varied in complexity, ...