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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 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 ...

Stimulus watchdog site exempted from paperwork rules

September 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has waived certain rules in the 1995 Paperwork Reduction Act for the board overseeing economic stimulus spending, allowing it to collect recipient information online without giving the public notice or waiting six months to obtain the required federal approvals for online forms. "We've got two federal laws in ...

Wealthy, well-educated more likely to engage in online civic activities

September 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wealthy and well-educated Americans dominate online civic activities, just as they have long dominated traditional civic involvement, according to a study released on Tuesday by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. The findings from the survey, conducted during the 2008 presidential campaign, also likely hold true for the ...

From Nextgov.com: Wealthy, well-educated more likely to engage in online civic activities

September 1, 2009 Wealthy and well-educated Americans dominate online civic activities, just as they have long dominated traditional civic involvement, according to a study released on Tuesday by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Administration has yet to make proposed security policy revisions public

August 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The deadline for administration officials to hand President Obama recommendations for revising two national security policies passed quietly last week, without officials allowing the public to review the proposals. In a May 27 memorandum, the president directed National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones to submit revisions to the executive order ...

From Nextgov.com: Administration has yet to make proposed security policy revisions public

August 31, 2009 The deadline for administration officials to hand President Obama recommendations for revising two national security policies passed quietly last week, without officials allowing the public to review the proposals. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Storm Spike Due To Stronger Tech

August 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the agency charged with weather forecasting recently found that more storms have been identified since the late 19th century because of advances in information technology, not because there are more storms. A study led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Regulations.gov glitch prevents comments from reaching agencies

August 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An outage at Regulations.gov, the federal Web site that collects feedback from citizens on proposed rules, prevented more than 100 public comments from reaching more than 10 agencies. But the service disruption, which happened in July, only came to light on Wednesday after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...