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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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More agencies use cookies to track Web activity

March 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some federal departments have obtained waivers to sidestep a long-standing policy that bars government Web sites from tracking visitor activity on the Internet. In 2000, the Office of Management and Budget issued a federal policy banning the use of persistent cookies, files that a Web site deposits on a user's ...

Upcoming: House Transparency Caucus

March 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are expected next week to announce the formation of a bipartisan congressional transparency caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the panel's ranking member, and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill. The caucus will pursue a legislative agenda focused on free, online ...

GAO finds more glitches in stimulus spending reporting process

March 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the April reporting deadline just a few weeks away, federal auditors have found technical glitches with the process that stimulus recipients use to report spending and job creation statistics. On April 1, organizations that have received money from the 2009 economic stimulus package will begin filing details on the ...

Win Cash and IP Rights

March 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citizens who enter innovation contests that the government plans to launch this year could rake in cash on top of the prize money that agencies are allowed to award. The White House on Monday released a legal framework for giving away money and other incentives during competitions aimed at improving ...

Industry sees promise in open government contests

March 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 031110whitehouseNGins(Mar. 11) - stock.xchng The White House's push for agencies to dangle prize money in front of the public to solve the government's problems should jump-start creativity, according to some information technology contractors. The White House late Monday released a memorandum explaining how agencies can legally coordinate contests to solicit ...

From Nextgov.com: Industry sees promise in open government contests

March 11, 2010 The White House's push for agencies to dangle prize money in front of the public to solve the government's problems should jump-start creativity, according to some information technology contractors. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

FDA to regulate online drug promotions

March 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration plans to issue this year proposals regulating prescription advertisements on the Internet, and the agency likely will not differentiate between social media tools, FDA officials said on Tuesday. Since November 2009, the pharmaceutical industry has pushed FDA to allow companies to promote medical information about ...

From Nextgov.com: FDA to regulate online drug promotions

March 10, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration plans to issue this year proposals regulating prescription advertisements on the Internet, and the agency likely will not differentiate between social media tools, FDA officials said on Tuesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Point of No Return

March 10, 2010 Congress must choose between limiting the federal information technology budget to reduce the deficit and boosting investments to yield greater returns in the future. President Obama has urged replacing 20-year-old agency IT systems with newer technologies as well as outsourcing operations to Web-based providers. Both approaches could pay off in ...

White House details how agencies should legally organize contests

March 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House released guidance late Monday on how agencies can legally arrange contests to seek ideas for using technology to open government. Options include operating the competition under federal acquisition rules when the payment is for a good or service that benefits the government; contracting with a third party ...