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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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VA Launches IT Project Policing Site

February 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has test-launched a Web site that details the performance of information technology projects summarized on the federal IT Dashboard site, which tracks the progress of IT investments governmentwide. The "Veterans Affairs IT Product Delivery Dashboard" went live about a month ago but has not been publicized ...

Obama’s Tech Team

February 1, 2010 The administration is full of executives with high technology IQs. Techies now run much of government. And they're not the programmers in the IT shop. The co-founder of a nonprofit that works on bridging the digital divide now advises the secretary of State. A former IBM vice president who focused ...

OPM kills plan to stop using SSNs as government employee identifiers

January 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow OPM Director John Berry's proposal was aimed at fighting identify theft.Jennifer Trezza/Nextgov The Office of Personnel Management has abandoned a plan to restrict the use of employee Social Security numbers to fight the theft of federal employees' identities because the effort would be impractical without assigning alternative governmentwide employee identifiers. ...

From Nextgov.com: OPM kills plan to stop using SSNs as government employee identifiers

January 29, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management has abandoned a plan to restrict the use of employee Social Security numbers to fight the theft of federal employees' identities because the effort would be impractical without assigning alternative governmentwide employee identifiers. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Labor moves financial system online to tighten key operations

January 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department has moved its financial system to a cloud-based application, according to the project's contractor, Global Computer Enterprises. GCE's seven-year contract with Labor, worth $50 million, ties together the department's legacy travel, grants and procurement systems, and its financial application into one Web-accessible platform. The system, however, technically ...

Labor Moves to the Cloud

January 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department has moved its entire financial system to what an agency contractor describes as a cloud-based application, the contractor, Global Computer Enterprises, announced on Thursday. The White House is encouraging agencies to shift their inhouse hardware and software to a shared online environment, a.k.a. "the cloud," to save ...

From Nextgov.com: White House bars agencies from posting some statistics

January 27, 2010 The Obama administration has declined to post, and in some cases has removed, several sets of downloadable statistics that agencies submitted last week for publication online, due to privacy and other concerns. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

White House bars agencies from posting some statistics

January 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has declined to post, and in some cases has removed, several sets of downloadable statistics that agencies submitted last week for publication online, due to privacy and other concerns. Agencies sent the Office of Management and Budget almost 300 data sets to post on Jan. 22, in ...

FBI aging technique led to bin Laden mug mixup, IT professor says

January 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A software program's rendering of how Osama bin Laden would age in 15 years (center) and 30 years (right).Modiface The FBI should have focused on the physical aging of the suspect's unique skin type during a recent computerized age progression of Osama bin Laden instead of simply combining facial features ...

Consumers are at the heart of IT efforts, top official says

January 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The common denominator driving the Obama administration's push for widespread use of electronic health records, smart meters and downloadable agency statistics is consumer empowerment, the top federal technology official said on Monday. All three initiatives are intended to equip citizens with information that can help them make better life decisions, ...