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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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Seeking Recovery.gov Help

April 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery.gov, the government's window into stimulus expenditures, on Monday is kicking off a week-long online discussion with IT vendors to improve the site. The federal government, in partnership with the nonprofit National Academy of Public Administration, is hosting the dialogue to seek "ideas, tools, and approaches" that can make Recovery.gov ...

From Nextgov.com: Organizations coordinate Web-based communications to fight flu

April 27, 2009 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Homeland Security Department and the World Health Organization have coordinated their Web-based communications on the swine flu outbreak to ensure uniformity across platforms, say homeland security professionals and federal officials. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Feds coordinate Web communications to fight swine flu

April 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The strain of swine, human and bird influenza has proven deadly in Mexico and sickened people in the U.S.Marco Ugarte/AP The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Homeland Security Department and the World Health Organization have coordinated their Web-based communications on the swine flu outbreak to ensure uniformity across ...

Public comments sought for science memo

April 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A surprise Federal Register request for public comment on a scientific integrity presidential memo placated some advocates who are calling for a chance to contribute to recommendations for an open government directive due next month. The administration took a similar approach to soliciting public input for a regulatory review executive ...

Congressman pushes to expand chief technology officer's influence

April 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lawmaker who backed the recent selection of Aneesh Chopra for White House chief technology officer continues to push his bill to make the position permanent, more powerful and more expansive, because the job's responsibilities are not what President Obama had first described. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., is still ...

Tech observers praise Obama's top IT choice

April 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The appointment of Aneesh Chopra as the government's first chief technology officer signals that the administration is serious about updating the nation's technology infrastructure, said former federal officials, industry leaders and open government advocates. As CTO, Chopra will be an assistant to President Obama, with direct access to him. Chopra ...

IT officials push rewrite of outdated paperwork reduction policies

April 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "The emergence of social media tools has called attention to the need for more updated language in the PRA," Linda Travers, acting CIO at the EPA, said.Sean McCormick Some federal information technology officials say it is time to overhaul policy on the pre-social media 1995 Paperwork Reduction Act that -- ...

New CTO to Wear Two Hats

April 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Aneesh Chopra, the nation's first-ever chief technology officer, would serve as both "assistant to the president" and "associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy," if confirmed by the Senate, White House officials said on Monday. As assistant to President Obama, he would have direct access to the ...

Plans to expand Internet access in Cuba prompt censorship warnings

April 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democracy activists are urging the Obama administration and industry leaders to prevent Cuba from restricting Internet access, as the United States moves ahead with plans to offer expanded telecommunications services in that country. But the administration says it is too early -- and could be legally difficult -- to broker ...

From Nextgov.com: Groups wrangle over public access to subsidized health care data

April 17, 2009 Debate is growing over public access to anticipated data comparing the results of health care treatments subsidized by Medicare and Medicaid. Read the full story on Nextgov.com