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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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Stimulus Data to be Delayed

September 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government will not release stimulus data from the private sector and states on Recovery.gov until Oct. 30, 20 days after spending reports are due, the board overseeing Recovery Act funds announced on Monday. The statistics affected include reports from states and local governments, contractors, universities, nonprofits and other parties ...

Agencies may be unable to meet request for downloadable data

September 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow E-government specialists say it is unreasonable for the White House to call on agencies to release existing government data in machine-readable formats as part of an open government directive. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra on Wednesday said the imminent directive will include a schedule for the distribution of data ...

Industry official: more contractors will absorb online privacy expenses

September 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Web evolves, bottom-line profits will drive federal vendors to build so-called trusted services, or applications that allow government customers and citizens to protect personal information while conducting their daily business online, a Booz Allen Hamilton executive said at a government Web conference on Thursday. "As we look at ...

Government takes on new data services role

September 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Craig Mundie of Microsoft says government needs to figure out how to make data more uniformly available.Ted S. Warren/AP New media has given rise to a new government service -- making data accessible, a top Microsoft Corp. official said during a federal technology conference on Wednesday. "The fundamental role of ...

Obama's Secrecy Record Is Mixed

September 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An annual report card on the Obama administration's secrecy track record found slight decreases in secrecy in the last year of the Bush-Cheney administration and a very mixed performance by Obama in upholding his promise of unprecedented transparency. The report card, which was released on Tuesday and authored by Patrice ...

Report gives Obama administration mixed review on secrecy practices

September 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The study lists qualitative examples of the president's "promising" policies, as well as "discouraging" practices.Jim WATSON/AFP/NEWSCOM An annual report card that measures the level of secrecy in the White House describes a mixed performance by President Obama in upholding his promise of unprecedented transparency. The analysis, released on Tuesday and ...

From Nextgov.com: Report gives Obama administration mixed review on secrecy practices

September 8, 2009 An annual report card that measures the level of secrecy in the White House describes a mixed performance by President Obama in upholding his promise of unprecedented transparency. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

White House reverses its ban on access to visitor logs

September 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open government groups hailed Friday's reversal of a White House policy barring access to visitor logs, but some criticized the 90 to 120 day delay in making the information available online to the public. The decision stems from lawsuits filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington seeking the ...

O Gov Directive Making a Comeback

September 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House transparency initiative announced the day after the Inauguration -- the details of which have been delayed for months -- is about to make a comeback, according to officials with the Office of Science and Technology Policy. "Things are moving apace after a temporary thinning of the ranks ...

Concern grows over emphasis on technology to push transparency

September 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some members of the open government community are dissatisfied with what they believe to be the White House's overemphasis on technology to carry out its transparency initiative. President Obama took office pledging in a Jan. 21 memo to release a directive ordering agencies to use technology to create a more ...