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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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From Nextgov.com: Senators voice concern about SSA's ability to keep up with more retirees

November 16, 2009 Key Republican aides met with the Social Security Administration's internal investigator on Thursday to discuss lingering concerns that the agency's aging data center will not be able to manage an increasing workload as millions more baby boomers retire. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Social Media Rx for Drug Safety

November 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An industry group representing pharmaceutical companies is proposing that the Food and Drug Administration require a FDA-certified emblem -- akin to the Good Housekeeping seal -- on Web content that contains medication information. The so-called universal safety symbol, perhaps an FDA logo that links to more comprehensive information, would assure ...

FDA mulls regulating online claims, discussions about pharmaceuticals

November 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Food and Drug Administration considers how to regulate drug marketing on the Web, it needs to realize much of the information on pharmaceuticals and therapies discussed on social networking sites is difficult to track, health professionals say. "FDA should remember that not everything that is happening via the ...

From Nextgov.com: FDA mulls regulating online claims, discussions about pharmaceuticals

November 13, 2009 While the Food and Drug Administration considers how to regulate drug marketing on the Web, it needs to realize much of the information on pharmaceuticals and therapies discussed on social networking sites is difficult to track, health professionals say. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Will the White House give CIOs more power in the 2011 budget?

November 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the White House readies the fiscal 2011 federal budget, language in some fiscal 2010 spending bills indicates a commitment from Congress and the executive branch to broaden the power of chief information officers, say some industry professionals. A report accompanying the 2010 Veterans Affairs Department spending bill, which is ...

From Nextgov.com: Will the White House give CIOs more power in the fiscal 2011 budget?

November 11, 2009 As the White House readies the fiscal 2011 federal budget, language in some fiscal 2010 spending bills indicates a commitment from Congress and the executive branch to broaden the power of chief information officers, say some industry professionals. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Stimulus ties spending on broadband to civic participation

November 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Federal Communications Commission initiative to create a nationwide plan for expanding high-speed Internet access also is expanding e-government, FCC officials said. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act set a February 2010 deadline to create a plan that would provide high-speed Internet access to all Americans. By law, ...

FDA on Pharma Ads 2.0

November 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week the Food and Drug Administration is holding hearings on the promotional use of social media by the pharmaceutical industry. Consumers, advertisers and the health care industry are anxious to know how FDA will advise drug companies on harnessing the viral power of social networking while protecting consumers from ...

(Mail)Man Vs. Machine

November 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors on Thursday reported that workforce costs at the U.S. Postal Service decreased only slightly this year, despite automation at USPS. Phillip Herr, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before Congress, "USPS's financial condition and outlook continue to be challenging despite recent congressional action ...

Old mainframes hinder Social Security's move to online services

November 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obsolete mainframe software at the Social Security Administration threatens to slow the deployment of online services, just as the number of retiring baby boomers is increasing and adding to the agency's workload, according to a white paper an industry group released on Friday. SSA has stored citizens' retirement information in ...