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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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Cloud-based e-mail and archives for agencies sparks security concerns

October 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies that are routing e-mail through cloud-based data centers face a potential petri dish of security hazards, according to some computer specialists. But government officials say they are achieving better system integrity, and inexpensively, by using such services. Following in the footsteps of the private sector, government agencies are outsourcing ...

Critics: National Archives lax in records management enforcement

October 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A newly released update to 1980s rules on federal records management might not go far enough to ensure agencies safeguard electronic information, because of the National Archives' lax enforcement, said records management specialists and transparency activists. The National Archives and Records Administration on Oct. 2 issued new regulations that provide ...

Contractors Should 'Refrain' from 'Txts'

October 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Register is out with an executive order, first announced last week, that prohibits federal employees from text messaging while driving. It pressures companies with government business to "refrain" from distracted driving, too. Agencies "shall encourage contractors, subcontractors, and recipients and subrecipients to adopt and enforce policies that ban ...

Agencies will be expected to measure transparency results

October 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow GSA's Dave McClure said agencies will devise metrics based on input from ground-level workers.James Kegley The forthcoming open government directive will dictate that each agency come up with a process for measuring the outcomes of transparency efforts, a top General Services Administration official said on Monday. The White House as ...

From Nextgov.com: Agencies will be expected to measure transparency results

October 5, 2009 The forthcoming open government directive will dictate that each agency come up with a process for measuring the outcomes of transparency efforts, a top General Services Administration official said on Monday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

OMB to issue transparency directive within a few weeks

October 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra submitted recommendations for open government directive.Mark Lennihan/AP The Obama administration is poised to issue a long-awaited open government directive as soon as two weeks from now that strikes a balance between new information technology and new policies, White House officials said. One of the ...

OMB Pedometers Budget Health

October 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To kick off the fiscal year, the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday is prodding its employees to become fiscally fit inside and out. All OMB staffers were given the option of receiving a pedometer for recording their physical activity online and virtually racing with their colleagues. The top ...

Hill demands FEMA quickly upgrade aging public warning system

October 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers demanded on Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency move quickly to upgrade the nation's Cold War-era public warning system so presidential alerts will reach Americans through modern communications, including cell phones. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency ...

Emergency Alert System Not Wired

September 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Wednesday declared American Samoa a major disaster after the territory was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. But if the president wanted to spread that message nationwide, today, it wouldn't get very far. A government auditor on Wednesday testified before Congress that the federal government has made ...

Transparency, Free Speech, Privacy

September 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The civil liberties group Center for Democracy and Technology highlighted on Tuesday an interesting question facing the Obama administration as it promotes technology as a tool for increasing transparency: Is there such a thing as too much transparency? CDT staffers blogged: Last week we learned that Humana -- and possibly ...