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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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Take Responsibility for Your Cookies

August 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Cato Institute's Jim Harper on Tuesday blogged that a recent White House proposal to reverse a long-standing ban on cookies is an acknowledgment that Americans can control their own cookie intake. No, this was not a commentary on the administration's healthcare overhaul plan. This was about Web-tracking programs that ...

From Nextgov.com: State deploys low tech social media to reach those without computers

August 10, 2009 The State Department is modifying some social networking techniques and expanding cell-phone communications to engage quickly citizens overseas who do not have computers. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

State deploys low tech social media to reach those without computers

August 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Web conferencing software is revolutionizing the way the State Department communicates with people across the globe.Courtesy of the State Department The State Department is modifying some social networking techniques and expanding cell-phone communications to engage quickly citizens overseas who do not have computers. Since October, overseas posts have relied on ...

When it comes to transparency, Supreme Court's Web site is dark

August 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Future oral argument recordings and briefs by Sonia Sotomayor will not be on the Court's Web site.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The public had ample opportunity to parse the words of Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Senate Web sites before she was confirmed on Thursday, but when she begins hearing cases from the ...

IT Dashboard Updates Reviews

August 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's IT shop on Wednesday announced it has finished updating a recently-launched White House Web site with reviews of all major federal IT investments. When the so-called IT Dashboard launched on June 30, only 20 percent of the IT programs had been evaluated. The site is aimed at injecting ...

Vendors worry posting of contracts will expose proprietary data

August 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some vendors are concerned that the recent online publication of a contract proposal to overhaul the Recovery.gov Web site could set a precedent to publish other proposals, and they are urging the government to be cautious about disclosing corporate or national security information. The General Services Administration released on Friday ...

GSA posts winning Recovery.gov overhaul contract proposal

August 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration made public on Friday around 9 p.m. the winning contract proposal for the potential $18 million overhaul of Recovery.gov. Redacted copies of the contract package now are available on Recovery.gov, the official site that tracks stimulus dollars. "The new Recovery.gov will provide citizens and communities with ...

Health care reform hinges on technology

August 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most health care reform proposals before Congress would expand the use of health information technology, say health care IT specialists. Both the House and Senate are contemplating some sort of online marketplace that would allow Americans to compare and buy insurance plans. The concept is referred to interchangeably as a ...

From Nextgov.com: GSA posts Recovery.gov winning contract proposal

August 3, 2009 The General Services Administration made public on Friday the winning contract proposal for the potential $18 million overhaul of Recovery.gov. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Updated: Recovery.gov Contract

July 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update: Late Friday night, GSA released the Smartronix contract documents. They are now publicly available here on Recovery.gov . The government is behind in posting the potential $18 million contract for the redesign of Recovery.gov because of the work involved to ensure the disabled can access it, said officials at ...