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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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E-mail delay highlights sluggish federal communication network

April 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama addresses a crowd in Prague on Sunday, April 5.Charles Dharapak/AP The Obama administration directed agencies in February to solicit input from employees on improving government transparency, but some didn't receive the message until after the comment period ended in March, according to several workers and consultants who provided ...

Commerce wants maps showing where broadband is needed

April 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The absence of a national map that pinpoints localities that lack high-speed Internet access could hinder the federal government from distributing stimulus funds to expand the service in those areas, lawmakers and federal officials said on Thursday. While federal agencies wait for accurate mapping, they are moving ahead on outreach ...

Kundra's Ideas Shape Book

April 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A forthcoming book, "Democratizing Data," by e-government guru W. David Stephenson probably provides some inside knowledge of President Obama's future tech agenda. That's because the book's former co-author is none other than newly appointed Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. A draft of the book's first chapter calls for a ...

Lack of reporting, communication threaten TARP program

March 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has yet to clearly communicate to the public and Congress the financial results of one of its key economic recovery programs, which could jeopardize future funding for the initiative, say federal auditors and government watchdogs. The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program enacted last fall has earned ...

Task force takes global view of digital archiving

January 28, 2008 A new international task force will convene for the first time Tuesday to address the problem of maintaining data for future generations. The National Science Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are funding the Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access panel's two-year mission, with support from institutions like the Council on ...

Lawmakers favor outside access to legislative data

January 23, 2008 The legislative process could become a lot more exciting if lawmakers get their way in freeing the data inside the Library of Congress' legislative Internet database so that independent Web sites can repackage the information. In November, the House Administration Committee asked the library to explore solutions for supplying the ...

HHS chief aims for IT job credentials in a year

January 22, 2008 A workforce shortage is hampering the widespread adoption of digital health records, largely because job classifications for health information technology personnel have not been clearly defined, an advisory group said during a Tuesday meeting. That sparked Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to ask the American Health Information Community ...

Backers of bill on federal Web services seek action

January 18, 2008 A Senate committee is working to clarify accountability language in a House-passed bill that would order agencies to measure citizen satisfaction with government services, including Web interactions, according to several lawmakers. The House passed the bill, H.R. 404, last July, and it is now pending before the Senate Homeland Security ...

Official touts Bush's efforts to improve e-government

January 17, 2008 In taking stock of the administration's progress in digitizing government services during President Bush's time in office, the White House's deputy e-government chief noted on Thursday that government-wide Web sites have helped eradicate some of the bureaucratic maze. At a gathering of information technology leaders from the public and private ...

Agencies are cautious of software accessed online

January 16, 2008 The federal government is cautious about embracing an increasingly popular model of software that is now being sold by many of its information technology providers, agency officials acknowledged Wednesday at a conference on "software as a service." Referred to interchangeably as "hosted software," "on-demand software," or "subscription-based software," the product ...