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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Obama Launches Global Tech Fund

October 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday invited private equity fund managers to submit proposals for the establishment of a fund that will invest in technology access in countries with large Muslim populations. The so-called Global Technology and Innovation Fund fulfills a promise Obama made during his June remarks in Cairo on ...

Official: Despite budget cuts, NASA to continue spending on IT

October 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top NASA official told a House panel on Thursday that information technology was a high priority, signaling that IT opportunities most likely will survive deep budget cuts at the space agency. Human exploration beyond Earth, including planned missions to the Moon, is not affordable under NASA's fiscal 2010 budget, ...

Outside Washington, Recovery.gov gets high marks for ease of use

October 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some online transparency scholars who work outside Washington say they are pleased with the newly released accountability features on Recovery.gov, a reaction that is in contrast to complaints aired by many open government activists about the site's usability. Recovery.gov, the official Web site tracking the tracking the $787 billion designed ...

Think tank makes high-tech suggestions for human rights movement

October 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House should allocate money already in the federal coffers to communications and satellite technologies that defend human rights abroad, according to a Washington think tank with close ties to the Obama administration. Human rights should benefit from the National Science Foundation's funds, said William F. Schulz, senior fellow ...

Feds Offer 38,484 Budget Cuts

October 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees conceived 38,484 ways to cut the federal budget during a month-long contest that ended last week, Office of Management and Budget officials said on Monday. The Obama administration in November will award the worker with the best idea a meeting with the president and inclusion of the line ...

Recovery.gov Enhances Downloads

October 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board overseeing stimulus spending has provided Internet users with a bulk download of all federal contract results, after transparency activists griped that Recovery.gov's data was hard to analyze. The new data set, labeled "AllNationwideContracts.zip," is a single spreadsheet listing the status, location, funds awarded and jobs created for projects ...

NASA systems and data vulnerable to hackers, malicious employees

October 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA networks contain security weaknesses that open up highly sensitive personal and scientific data to hackers, possibly affecting space missions, federal auditors said. The Government Accountability Office, in a report released on Thursday, found that NASA centers failed to restrict access to legitimate users. Also, the NASA centers that GAO ...

Critics fault Recovery Board's first posting of stimulus data

October 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government officials in charge of tracking spending aimed at stimulating the economy released on Thursday unprecedented details of financial transactions, but the information they posted on the Web might be unintelligible to the public, information specialists and watchdog groups said. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board posted the first-ever spending ...

Data starts flowing in from recipients of Recovery Act funds

October 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stimulus fund recipients appear to be complying with requirements to report their spending activities online. As of Wednesday recipients had submitted 112,000 spending reports to the federal government's data collection Web site, according to the board monitoring stimulus spending. In August, the Office of Management and Budget anticipated that about ...

Recovery board grants stimulus reporting extension

October 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board overseeing stimulus spending has granted fund recipients a reprieve to report on the progress of projects and job creation, officials at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said on Monday. The board on Saturday made the decision to push back the Oct. 10 reporting deadline issued by the ...