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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 Mode

November 1, 2009 Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney and his team had to find an accurate and public way to account for stimulus spending-and quickly. Early this year, as the federal government set out to distribute $787 billion in economic stimulus funds, the challenge quickly became one of situational awareness. An unknown number ...

More detailed stimulus reports could end up creating more jobs

October 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first-ever economic recovery reports from grant and loan recipients, which went online late Friday, could have a multiplier effect in the federal technology sector as companies analyze the results to glean business leads. Recovery.gov, the federal Web site that tracks the results of the $787 billion economic stimulus program, ...

Recovery.gov Missing Pieces

October 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery.gov on Friday will sport a few improvements and a lot more offerings, but perhaps one piece of valuable information will be missing: the demographics of the people receiving money. The Web site, a clearinghouse of results from the $787 billion stimulus effort, will release all reports collected through Oct. ...

Officials cite IT as key to monitoring the real-time spread of H1N1 flu

October 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior health officials in the Obama administration told a House panel on Tuesday that they do not have a real-time picture of the spread of the H1N1 flu strain, a comprehensive view that information technology could provide to minimize the number of infections from the contagious virus. President Obama on ...

Government breaks new ground in Web site satisfaction

October 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public satisfaction with federal Web sites has reached a record high, according to Tuesday's release of the University of Michigan's American Customer Satisfaction Index for e-government. Overall e-government satisfaction, which the university has measured quarterly since 2003, increased 2.2 percent between the second and third quarters of 2009, from 73.6 ...

From Nextgov.com: Government breaks new ground in Web site satisfaction

October 27, 2009 Public satisfaction with federal Web sites has reached a record high, according to Tuesday's release of the University of Michigan's American Customer Satisfaction Index for e-government. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

O Gov Directive? Not This Month

October 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the administration had hoped to issue a long-awaited open government directive before the end of the month, sources close to the process expect that it will be out within the next couple weeks. President Obama in a Jan. 21 memo instructed top agency officials to recommend steps federal employees ...

Government seeks to update paperwork rule

October 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is working to improve a rule for obtaining information from citizens that critics say saddles federal Web managers with burdensome requirements for posting online quizzes and polls. Regulations for the 1995 Paperwork Reduction Act -- which predates widespread Internet use -- stipulate that agencies must wait for ...

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, ...