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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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Recovery board unveils makeover of stimulus spending Web site

September 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government-appointed watchdogs debuted on Monday the much-anticipated overhaul of Recovery.gov, featuring sophisticated pictorial representations of spending data, advanced search functions, multimedia tutorials and some downloads. The upgrade does not include new stimulus results, such as jobs statistics, which will be funneled into the site later in October. The Recovery Accountability ...

Recovery.gov asks citizen developers for ways to improve site

September 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The contractors that are refurbishing Recovery.gov have reached out to citizen developers for advice on how to make raw data available on the site, which the Obama administration plans to relaunch on Sept. 28. The official stimulus-monitoring site is intended to show the public the results of the hundreds of ...

OMB needs to ensure more accountability for stimulus spending

September 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget has not implemented recommendations that demand more accountability from recipients of stimulus funds and agencies that distribute funds, federal auditors confirmed. Recipients who received stimulus money are required to submit spending data to FederalReporting.gov, a password-protected data warehouse operated by the government, by Oct. ...

White House kicks off budget-cutting contest for federal employees

September 23, 2009 To see ideas submitted to Government Executive after President Obama first announced the initiative to gather cost-cutting tips, click here. The administration kicked off an online contest on Wednesday that will reward a federal employee who proposes the best idea to cut the budget. The winner will meet with the ...

White House kicks off budget-cutting contest for fed employees

September 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The administration kicked off an online contest on Wednesday that will reward a federal employee who proposes the best idea to cut the budget. The winner will meet with the president, and the proposal will be included in his fiscal 2011 budget plan. The competition is hosted on SAVEAward.gov, a ...

Obama Debuts Innovation Agenda

September 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama, long referred to as the "Internet president," has had no formal innovation agenda to back up the title - until now. During a visit to New York's Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, Obama laid out a strategy for creating new jobs, businesses and industries through tapping the ...

Most companies meet deadline to file financial data in new format

September 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A model that would bring more transparency to financial reporting could emerge as the Securities and Exchange Commission implements a requirement that all public companies submit financial statements in an interactive data format, said agency officials and Internet consultants. In January 2009, SEC finalized a rule requiring public companies to ...

White House to bestow top tech honors to IT company and inventors

September 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration named two information technology developers and one IT company on Thursday to receive the nation's highest honor for inventors. The administration will award the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the winners -- five total -- during a White House ceremony on Oct. 7. Traditionally, the ...

Rejected Recovery.gov FOIA Appealed

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A watchdog group is contesting the government's denial of a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act to see the entire contents of the controversial, potential $18 million contract for the redesign of Recovery.gov. OMB Watch, which submitted the original request on Aug. 14, announced on Thursday that it ...

Government needs smarter IT to oversee bailout, financial overhaul

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The forthcoming financial regulatory overhaul should arm the federal government with information technology to improve oversight of bailout programs, said witnesses from industry and the open government community during a hearing on Thursday. A House Financial Services subcommittee examined legislation that would establish IT systems to oversee financial rescue funds, ...