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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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Details of Recovery.gov redesign contract revealed

July 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a public outpouring of questions and concerns about the potential $18 million price tag of a contract to redesign Recovery.gov, the board overseeing the official stimulus-tracking site's overhaul late Friday revealed some details on the agreement. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which maintains Recovery.gov, posted for the first ...

Government withholds details on contract to redesign Recovery.gov

July 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The redesign of the official stimulus-tracking site Recovery.gov so far has produced more secrecy than transparency, according to some project management specialists and open government advocates. Observers criticized the General Services Administration, which on Wednesday announced it had awarded Hollywood, Md.-based Web services provider Smartronix a contract to upgrade the ...

Pixel by Pixel Budget Cuts

July 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama goes "line by line" through the federal information technology budget on IT.USASpending.gov to ensure taxpayer dollars are used wisely. The new visualization tool, known as the "IT Dashboard," is the brainchild of federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. It strives to enliven and elucidate esoteric IT contracts for ...

From Nextgov.com: Social media could frustrate diplomatic efforts, online researchers say

July 8, 2009 Web-based tools such as blogs and the social-networking site Facebook could interfere with diplomatic outreach efforts, said new media specialists on Tuesday. Read the full story at Nextgov.com

Social media could frustrate diplomatic efforts, online researchers say

July 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Web-based tools such as blogs and the social-networking site Facebook could interfere with diplomatic outreach efforts, said new media specialists on Tuesday. "The role of diplomacy given social media is going to be more complicated than it used to be," said Robert Faris, research director at Harvard University's Berkman Center ...

Recovery board to provide public with original stimulus data

July 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board responsible for overseeing stimulus spending said on Wednesday that the public would have access to the same machine-readable data that updates Recovery.gov, a functionality that open government activists have been seeking. But public watchdogs and federal auditors raised concerns that the data might be flawed. Federal reporting rules ...

Where's the (Infected) Beef?

July 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The administration on Tuesday announced long-desired steps that agencies will take to help repair the beleaguered food safety system, including the creation of a nationwide trace-back system to more quickly identify the food-source of an outbreak. The new executive branch actions are a response to a spate of food safety ...

This time, White House receives kudos for participation

July 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An advisory council report on health care research released last month by the Health and Human Services Department marks an exception to the White House's closed-door decision-making on how to spend stimulus funds, which critics said run counter to the president's pledge to bring transparency, public participation and collaboration to ...

Officials weigh cost of transparency, with an eye on technology's role

July 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama often refers to the clear-cut benefits of striking a healthy balance between transparency and national security, such as upholding the Constitution. More ambiguous are the financial savings derived from increased transparency. In fact, even some open government proponents say Obama's transparency agenda may initially cost taxpayers more money. ...

Cyber Town Hall Falls Back To Earth

July 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Wednesday fought for his health care agenda and electronic medical records during an online town hall that was streamed from Annandale, Va. But those in the room may have had the biggest impact on the conversation. In a departure from past Q&A sessions with netizens, the president ...