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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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Watch for Defense FAR Changes

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A study by internal government watchdogs found Defense Department contracts are missing certain provisions for protecting confidential government data, an omission that may leave sensitive files vulnerable to disclosure or misuse by company employees. But the footnotes of the audit indicate that changes to the guidelines are expected this month....

GAO finds contractors have inappropriate access to private data

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal watchdogs have found that current governmentwide contracting policies give vendors inappropriate access to sensitive government data, and they recommend the White House instruct agencies to require vendors to sign nondisclosure agreements. Nearly half the federal contracts the Government Accountability Office reviewed did not protect "all relevant types of sensitive...

SSA awards $2.8 billion services support contract

September 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration has awarded a contract for information technology support potentially worth $2.8 billion to Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., federal contracting officers announced Monday afternoon. The agency designed the deal to be split among several vendors, with the expectation that competition...

From Nextgov.com: SSA awards $2.8 billion services support contract

September 13, 2010 The Social Security Administration has awarded a contract for information technology support potentially worth $2.8 billion to Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., federal contracting officers announced Monday afternoon. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Imagine Twitter on 9/11

September 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tweeting was not an option for witnesses, survivors or victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack at the Pentagon. If those individuals were able to log on to Twitter and instantly communicate their whereabouts to their social networks, what would have happened? Families and first responders may have had...

NIST to help retrain NASA employees as cyber specialists

September 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top cybersecurity educator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is helping a public-private consortium to open a research institute that would retrain NASA contractors who will be laid off from the shuttle program as early as next month. Nearly 9,000 employees representing a total income of $600...

Air Traffic Upgrade to Boost Jobs

September 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some information technology contractors welcomed an announcement by President Obama on Wednesday that he proposes investing in infrastructure, such as advanced air traffic tech, as a way of stimulating the economy -- but expresses nervousness about how he intends to compensate for the cost. In Ohio, Obama said, "We want...

Social Security data center project encounters delays

September 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A stimulus project to replace an aging Social Security Administration data center is more than six months behind schedule due to a disagreement over where to locate the upgraded computer facility. Social Security turned to the General Services Administration in 2009 for locating and building the new center to store...

From Nextgov.com: Social Security data center project encounters delays

September 9, 2010 A stimulus project to replace an aging Social Security Administration data center is more than six months behind schedule due to a disagreement over where to locate the upgraded computer facility. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

House, Senate agree on measure requiring standard format for spending data

September 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a provision in a bill that will require federal agencies to post spending data on the Internet using uniform formats, a move that will make it easier for regulators and the public to analyze contracts and recovery funding, according to a draft reviewed...