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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: Scientists view cybersecurity as an intimidating conundrum

September 2, 2010 The Internet's extensive cybersecurity vulnerabilities are so hard to fix that information technology researchers sometimes avoid studying the topic like they were steering clear of the seamy underbelly of a great metropolitan city, top scientists said on Thursday. Read the fully story on Nextgov.com

46 Groups Recommend Blue Button

September 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Obama administration showers doctors and hospitals with stimulus money, it should tell the takers to embed an icon on their subsidized e-health records that allows patients to download their records, according to a new paper backed by 46 consumer, provider, corporate, insurance and privacy groups. The Markle Foundation,...

NASA program to launch space shuttle workers into new jobs

September 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government initiated on Wednesday a competition for $35 million in federal grants aimed at creating jobs along Florida's space coast, where about 9,000 contractors, including information technology workers, could lose their jobs when NASA's shuttle program is shut down next year. Award winners will be named by January 2011,...

Contractors want to review troubled technology projects with OMB

August 31, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some vendor groups have asked the Obama administration to let contractors sit in on closed-door meetings that decide the fate of dozens of information technology projects that are worth a combined $30 billion. The Office of Management and Budget on Aug. 23 put industry and federal project managers on notice...

FDA unveils performance management site

August 31, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday activated an online public measurement system to hold each of its divisions accountable for performance. FDA-TRACK, a dashboard or score card, is part of the Health and Human Services Department's plan for embedding transparency into FDA's daily operations. As part of President Obama's...

From Nextgov.com: Contractors want to review troubled technology projects with OMB

August 31, 2010 Some vendor groups have asked the Obama administration to let contractors sit in on closed-door meetings that decide the fate of dozens of information technology projects that are worth a combined $30 billion. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

FDA unveils performance management site

August 31, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday activated an online public measurement system to hold each of its divisions accountable for performance. FDA-TRACK, a dashboard or score card, is part of the Health and Human Services Department's plan for embedding transparency into FDA's daily operations. As part of President Obama's...

Government ethics office reorganizing site to make policies easier to digest

August 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Government Ethics, an agency that counsels federal employees on potential conflicts of interest, plans to renovate its website to make audits and other guidance easier for employees -- and transparency watchdogs -- to find, officials said. USOGE.gov was established as a resource for executive branch personnel. But...

From Nextgov.com: Government ethics office reorganizing site to make policies easier to digest

August 30, 2010 The Office of Government Ethics, an agency that counsels federal employees on potential conflicts of interest, plans to renovate its website to make audits and other guidance easier for employees -- and transparency watchdogs -- to find, officials said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Cybersecurity costs climb as market expands

August 30, 2010 New cybersecurity mandates are certain to drive tech spending for the next several years. What's less certain is the kind of products and services federal agencies will be buying, as well as which agencies will be doing the buying. In April, the Office of Management and Budget directed agencies to...