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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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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 ...

From Nextgov.com: Treasury improves communications about financial bailout program, GAO says

October 9, 2009 The Treasury Department has begun to better inform Congress and the public about the results of the government's financial bailout program, a past failure that had threatened to undermine the initiative, according to federal auditors. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

GAO: Treasury improves financial bailout program communications

October 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department has begun to better inform Congress and the public about the results of the government's financial bailout program, a past failure that had threatened to undermine the initiative, according to federal auditors. In a review of the Troubled Asset Relief Program published on Thursday, the Government Accountability ...

Cloud-based e-mail and archives for agencies sparks security concerns

October 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies that are routing e-mail through cloud-based data centers face a potential petri dish of security hazards, according to some computer specialists. But government officials say they are achieving better system integrity, and inexpensively, by using such services. Following in the footsteps of the private sector, government agencies are outsourcing ...