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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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Cloudy Outlook

August 15, 2009 The impact of Obama IT initiatives like a shift to Web-based services is as yet unknown. The buzzword in federal information technology spending this year is "cloud computing"-the outsourcing of IT services to software and hardware providers. But that migration will have to wait for future budget cycles. The fiscal ...

Birthers and Transparency

August 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Programmers may extract data from a White House-led online discussion about transparency to analyze the influence of participants who are out to prove that President Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen. Since May, the administration has been seeking public input on a forthcoming presidential directive on open government ...

Firm awaits decision on whether Defense will disclose contractor ratings

August 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration, committed to becoming the most transparent in history, upheld a Bush-era practice of denying taxpayers access to a Defense Department database that tracks contractor performance. An appeal to a recent Freedom of Information Act request is pending, but industry groups say they are confident Defense will respect ...

Stimulus Reporting Process Starts

August 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stimulus money recipients can start on Monday the process of reporting their spending and job creation statistics to the public. FederalReporting.gov, a password-protected data collection site, will allow recipients next week to register for submitting spending reports. That data will feed into maps, charts, downloadable data sets and other interactive ...

Social Security e-health records requirements draw fire

August 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Certification requirements for $24 million in Recovery Act contracts aimed at automating the Social Security Administration's medical disability program could slow technological innovation, according to Microsoft officials and health information technology specialists. A solicitation for proposals that the agency issued on Friday -- intended to cut the time it has ...

Take Responsibility for Your Cookies

August 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Cato Institute's Jim Harper on Tuesday blogged that a recent White House proposal to reverse a long-standing ban on cookies is an acknowledgment that Americans can control their own cookie intake. No, this was not a commentary on the administration's healthcare overhaul plan. This was about Web-tracking programs that ...

From Nextgov.com: State deploys low tech social media to reach those without computers

August 10, 2009 The State Department is modifying some social networking techniques and expanding cell-phone communications to engage quickly citizens overseas who do not have computers. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

State deploys low tech social media to reach those without computers

August 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Web conferencing software is revolutionizing the way the State Department communicates with people across the globe.Courtesy of the State Department The State Department is modifying some social networking techniques and expanding cell-phone communications to engage quickly citizens overseas who do not have computers. Since October, overseas posts have relied on ...

When it comes to transparency, Supreme Court's Web site is dark

August 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Future oral argument recordings and briefs by Sonia Sotomayor will not be on the Court's Web site.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The public had ample opportunity to parse the words of Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Senate Web sites before she was confirmed on Thursday, but when she begins hearing cases from the ...

IT Dashboard Updates Reviews

August 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's IT shop on Wednesday announced it has finished updating a recently-launched White House Web site with reviews of all major federal IT investments. When the so-called IT Dashboard launched on June 30, only 20 percent of the IT programs had been evaluated. The site is aimed at injecting ...