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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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Critics fault Recovery Board's first posting of stimulus data

October 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government officials in charge of tracking spending aimed at stimulating the economy released on Thursday unprecedented details of financial transactions, but the information they posted on the Web might be unintelligible to the public, information specialists and watchdog groups said. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board posted the first-ever spending ...

Data starts flowing in from recipients of Recovery Act funds

October 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stimulus fund recipients appear to be complying with requirements to report their spending activities online. As of Wednesday recipients had submitted 112,000 spending reports to the federal government's data collection Web site, according to the board monitoring stimulus spending. In August, the Office of Management and Budget anticipated that about ...

Recovery board grants stimulus reporting extension

October 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board overseeing stimulus spending has granted fund recipients a reprieve to report on the progress of projects and job creation, officials at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said on Monday. The board on Saturday made the decision to push back the Oct. 10 reporting deadline issued by the ...

GAO: Treasury improves financial bailout program communications

October 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department has begun to better inform Congress and the public about the results of the government's financial bailout program, a past failure that had threatened to undermine the initiative, according to federal auditors. In a review of the Troubled Asset Relief Program published on Thursday, the Government Accountability ...

From Nextgov.com: Treasury improves communications about financial bailout program, GAO says

October 9, 2009 The Treasury Department has begun to better inform Congress and the public about the results of the government's financial bailout program, a past failure that had threatened to undermine the initiative, according to federal auditors. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

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.