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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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Lockheed Builds on SSA e-Health Success

August 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lockheed Martin has fattened its health information technology portfolio by securing a $9 million contract to demonstrate nationwide exchanges of patient data, following the government contractor's successful test of electronic health records at the Social Security Administration. The company Wednesday afternoon announced that the Health and Human Services department awarded...

Agencies bust myth of year-end buying sprees

August 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some agency officials say they are following a well thought-out approach to spending what's left in their fiscal-year information technology budgets -- a game plan that defies the myth that departments rush to spend funds before they become unavailable after Sept. 30. The phenomenon of the year-end spending sprees first...

From Nextgov.com: Agencies bust myth of year-end buying sprees

August 26, 2010 Some agency officials say they are following a well thought-out approach to spending what's left in their fiscal-year information technology budgets -- a game plan that defies the myth that departments rush to spend funds before they become unavailable after Sept. 30. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

White House crackdown on IT might be a moneymaker for vendors

August 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some contractors are welcoming the White House's threat to cut off funding for risky information technology projects as a moment that could be financially advantageous to them. The Office of Management and Budget on Monday released a list of roughly 30 at-risk, mission-critical IT projects worth about $30 billion that...

From Nextgov.com: White House crackdown on IT might be a moneymaker for vendors

August 24, 2010 Some contractors are welcoming the White House's threat to cut off funding for risky information technology projects as a moment that could be financially advantageous to them. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

State: Dial "FLOOD" for Pakistan

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow State Department officials, following the United Nations' lead, now are accepting donations via text message to help support recovery and reconstruction in Pakistan where floods have displaced about 20 million people and spread deadly waterborne diseases. Punching the word "FLOOD" to 27722 will automatically donate $10 to the U.S. government's...

Obama sends 30 technology projects back to the drawing board

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was updated at 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25 The Obama administration on Monday announced that about 30 mission-critical information technology projects, collectively worth $30 billion, will be reworked and possibly cut. The list of high-risk projects, ranging in cost from $64 million to $7.6 billion, is the...

Social Security expects to award mega-IT contract by October

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration expects to award by October a contract potentially worth more than $2 billion for information technology support during the next eight years, agency officials confirmed late Friday. The huge purchase is an extension of an IT services contract currently held by Lockheed Martin Corp. that has...

Obama sends 30 tech projects back to the drawing board

August 23, 2010 The Obama administration on Monday announced that about 30 mission-critical information technology projects, collectively worth $30 billion, will be reworked and possibly cut. The list of high-risk projects, ranging in cost from $64 million to $7.6 billion, is the result of a two-week review of underperforming systems at every federal...

Senators ask Marshals Service why it stores images of full-body scans

August 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unhappy Senate lawmakers have asked the U.S. Marshals Service, an arm of the Justice Department, to explain why it has stored more than 35,000 whole body imaging scans taken at a federal courthouse in Florida. In an Aug. 19 letter to the agency, Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins,...