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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May 17, 2011 Plaintiffs in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit contend the Homeland Security Department is attempting to hide information on a controversial immigrant fingerprinting program by refusing to release court-ordered email trails. Read the whole story at

Administration unveils cybersecurity foreign policy

May 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cabinet officials on Monday introduced a plan to incorporate network security into future foreign policy actions. The announcement of an international strategy for cyberspace comes one week after the White House sent Congress a legislative proposal for a sweeping overhaul of U.S. network security. Monday's policy outlines the moves the...

DHS Contemplates the Cloud for 3rd Try on Financial System

May 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security officials confirmed they have nixed a project that was supposed to tie together the department's financial systems, instead opting to consider a smaller network located remotely, in the cloud. Friday morning, Nextgov reported that DHS yanked the Transformation and Systems Consolidation program, or TASC, after current contractors on...

DHS ditches unified financial management system

May 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security plans to abandon construction of a combined finance, acquisition and asset management system at a departmentwide data center and instead bridge several systems, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Nextgov. The decision follows contract protests by incumbent vendors and a Web-based service provider. In March, federal auditors...

White House sends Congress a long-awaited cybersecurity proposal

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Thursday sent Congress a formal proposal for cybersecurity legislation to help Senate lawmakers craft a passable bill from 50-some measures currently pending in both chambers. The long-awaited framework would formally grant the Homeland Security Department oversight of cybersecurity operations within civilian federal agencies -- a role...

White House pans intelligence bill over insider threat system deadline

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration officials rejected an intelligence authorization bill set for a House vote Thursday, saying it undercuts funding and demands that the director of national intelligence roll out an insider threat detection system by an unreasonable deadline. The technology, intended to prevent classified information disclosure on the scale of the...

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May 12, 2011 The White House on Thursday sent Congress a formal proposal for cybersecurity legislation to help Senate lawmakers craft a passable bill from 50-some measures currently pending in both chambers. Read the full story at

House Committee Tries to Define Cyberwar

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Defense authorization bill expected to move out of committee Wednesday night attempts to explicate the ill-defined area of cyberwarfare, spelling out the Pentagon's power to engage in covert military activities over the Internet. The legislation, H.R. 1540, clarifies that "the secretary of Defense has the authority to conduct clandestine...

White House Cyber Proposal Excludes Classified Systems

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House as early as this week is expected to send Congress draft legislation for a far-reaching cybersecurity bill that stops short of addressing the sticky subject of classified systems, sources tell Nextgov. The consensus among experts consulted in the drafting of the legislation is that the proposal will...

Bill mandating WikiLeaks safeguards for Pentagon networks set to advance to House floor

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House committee is poised to advance legislation to protect classified information -- and avoid gross losses, such as those suffered during the WikiLeaks breach -- by requiring the installation of a centralized instrument for detecting unauthorized behavior on all military networks. The deadline for activating the system of software...

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