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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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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, ...

Data on Data.gov Disappears

January 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated at 4:44, Jan. 26, 2010 New downloadable statistics that agencies posted online on Jan. 22 disappeared on Monday, according to a government Web site tracking department participation. Agencies uploaded almost 300 new data sets on Friday, as required by the open government directive. But researchers at transparency group Openthegovernment.org ...

VA employees return to complaint filed against suspended e-learning system

January 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whistleblowers inside the Veterans Affairs Department are reconsidering a complaint they filed in 2008 with the Office of Special Counsel that charged government officials with gross mismanagement and waste regarding a contract to develop a system that delivers widely used online instruction to employees. A group of VA employees claimed ...

U.S. National Brand: Oppose Censorship

January 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new commitment to undoing foreign online censorship, U.S. tech vendors pledged support on the condition that State's moves do not harm domestic business. "We agree with Secretary Clinton that a single, secure and uncensored Internet is critical both for human rights and ...

One year in, resistance to open government memo lingers

January 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When he took office, President Obama said he wanted agencies to leverage new technologies to open government.Charles Dharapak/AP One year after the president announced an initiative to open the government, agency leaders have demonstrated a strong track record of embracing emerging media to disclose information, but some mid-level managers have ...

From Nextgov.com: One year in, resistance to open government memo lingers

January 21, 2010 One year after the president announced an initiative to open the government, agency leaders have demonstrated a strong track record of embracing emerging media to disclose information, but some mid-level managers have been reluctant to move outside the traditional chain of command. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Bulk of FederalReporting.gov funds go to IT help desk

January 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has allotted most of the $19 million budget for FederalReporting.gov to the technology service desk that helps stimulus recipients file spending reports properly, not the actual information collection Web site. There is a $6.8 million spending cap for FederalReporting.gov technology -- and a $12 million ceiling for help ...

System Preserves E-Mail, 'Berry Messages

January 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The administration on Friday disclosed the mechanics of how it is preserving unclassified White House emails, including BlackBerry messages, in response to a settlement between the nonprofit National Security Archive and the Executive Office of the President. A letter from the office's chief information officer issued to the independent research ...

Geographical agency's Earth movement analysis assists Haiti rescuers

January 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal agency charged with monitoring the Earth's geography has been providing round-the-clock movement analysis of the Haiti situation using a new Caribbean seismic network funded in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. "Twenty minutes after the earthquake we could provide the U.S. government with an estimate that nearly ...

Take Your Fed To Work Day

January 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Private sector executives on Thursday let Obama cabinet deputy secretaries learn the secret behind their success: technology-driven operations. The corporate chiefs of companies like Southwest Airlines met at the White House to teach the feds how to use technology to make the government more responsive to the people their agencies ...