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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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Officials weigh cost of transparency, with an eye on technology's role

July 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama often refers to the clear-cut benefits of striking a healthy balance between transparency and national security, such as upholding the Constitution. More ambiguous are the financial savings derived from increased transparency. In fact, even some open government proponents say Obama's transparency agenda may initially cost taxpayers more money. ...

Cyber Town Hall Falls Back To Earth

July 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Wednesday fought for his health care agenda and electronic medical records during an online town hall that was streamed from Annandale, Va. But those in the room may have had the biggest impact on the conversation. In a departure from past Q&A sessions with netizens, the president ...

From Nextgov.com: Web site offers glimpse of how IT projects are performing

June 30, 2009 Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra on Tuesday unveiled a public Web site aimed at showing correlations between taxpayer dollars and the performance of federal information technology investments. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Web site offers glimpse of how IT projects are performing

June 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra on Tuesday unveiled a public Web site aimed at showing correlations between taxpayer dollars and the performance of federal information technology investments. The IT dashboard was prompted in part by a pending transparency bill and represents an effort to address shortcomings in USASpending.gov, a ...

White House approach to transparency gains favor -- for now

June 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An open government initiative that President Obama launched the day after taking office has begun to win over critics, but transparency activists are reserving judgment until the White House issues a final directive to agencies. Administration officials "seem to be adjusting based upon input and experience," which is "commendable," but ...

White House Extends Collaboration

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House apparently has listened to the public's request for more collaboration in drafting recommendations for an open government directive after drawing flack for a short brainstorming session in May. The administration this week began the third and final phase of a public process aimed at creating a more ...

Microsoft: Legacy systems not a barrier to cloud computing

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft officials are trying to dispel the myth that federal agencies must scrap legacy information technology systems so they can move to Web-based, or cloud, computing. Recovery.gov, one of the government's most visited -- and data-intensive -- Web sites, may be ready to enter the cloud, said company executives, who ...

Open The Fed

June 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who ran for president in 2008, has a different take on transparency than open government guru President Barack Obama. Paul has a bill, H.R.1207, that he says would inject transparency into monetary policy by lifting a restriction on audits of the country's central bank, the Federal ...

Administration urged to engage public on e-health records

June 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Obama administration seeks to determine who uses electronic health records and for what purposes, some health information technology specialists say it is critical that the public provide feedback on the issue. They note it could dictate how billions of economic stimulus dollars are spent. The 2009 American Recovery ...

Latest OMB stimulus reporting rules don't require public raw data

June 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Office of Management and Budget released guidance on Monday for how fund recipients should report stimulus spending, absent was a requirement to make raw data public. The White House likely has reduced transparency with this omission, some open government activists say. OMB's policy refined specifications it issued on ...