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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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White House kicks off budget-cutting contest for federal employees

September 23, 2009 To see ideas submitted to Government Executive after President Obama first announced the initiative to gather cost-cutting tips, click here. The administration kicked off an online contest on Wednesday that will reward a federal employee who proposes the best idea to cut the budget. The winner will meet with the ...

White House kicks off budget-cutting contest for fed employees

September 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The administration kicked off an online contest on Wednesday that will reward a federal employee who proposes the best idea to cut the budget. The winner will meet with the president, and the proposal will be included in his fiscal 2011 budget plan. The competition is hosted on SAVEAward.gov, a ...

Obama Debuts Innovation Agenda

September 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama, long referred to as the "Internet president," has had no formal innovation agenda to back up the title - until now. During a visit to New York's Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, Obama laid out a strategy for creating new jobs, businesses and industries through tapping the ...

Most companies meet deadline to file financial data in new format

September 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A model that would bring more transparency to financial reporting could emerge as the Securities and Exchange Commission implements a requirement that all public companies submit financial statements in an interactive data format, said agency officials and Internet consultants. In January 2009, SEC finalized a rule requiring public companies to ...

White House to bestow top tech honors to IT company and inventors

September 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration named two information technology developers and one IT company on Thursday to receive the nation's highest honor for inventors. The administration will award the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the winners -- five total -- during a White House ceremony on Oct. 7. Traditionally, the ...

Rejected Recovery.gov FOIA Appealed

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A watchdog group is contesting the government's denial of a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act to see the entire contents of the controversial, potential $18 million contract for the redesign of Recovery.gov. OMB Watch, which submitted the original request on Aug. 14, announced on Thursday that it ...

Government needs smarter IT to oversee bailout, financial overhaul

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The forthcoming financial regulatory overhaul should arm the federal government with information technology to improve oversight of bailout programs, said witnesses from industry and the open government community during a hearing on Thursday. A House Financial Services subcommittee examined legislation that would establish IT systems to oversee financial rescue funds, ...

Groups welcome Recovery board's mash-up system to uncover fraud

September 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent decision by federal stimulus watchdogs to buy a system that can mash up -- or extract and compare -- reports from fund recipients with existing data to prevent fraud is unlikely to overlap with the work of citizen developers, the Washington transparency community says. The General Services Administration ...

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 ...