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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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Godwin's White House Tenure Ends

July 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bev Godwin, who helped bridge the digital divide between federal Luddites and Obama administration tech whizzes, is leaving her post at the White House's new media office. Friday is her last day as the office's director of online resources and interagency development, White House officials said. Her detail to the ...

Privacy protections could hamper agencies' adoption of cookies

July 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House's newly proposed plan to lift a nine-year ban on placing online-tracking devices on federal Web sites could conflict with other government regulations, some privacy and new media specialists said. Since 2000, agencies have been barred from using cookies -- software that a site deposits on visitors computers ...

The Health Show Must Go On

July 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After liberal and conservative House Democrats on Wednesday compromised on a health care bill, the Web site of the committee with jurisdiction apparently went down due to "an unusually high number of visitors." The spartan site of the House Energy and Commerce Committee now consists of the panel's logo, logistical ...

States' stimulus tracking sites are mediocre at best, report finds

July 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A study released on Wednesday criticizes most state Web sites that track stimulus spending, specifically finding fault with their coverage of job creation, contract awards and geographic location of projects. Good Jobs First, a Washington research center that co-chairs the Coalition for An Accountable Recovery, issued the report as part ...

Library Official Picked For Archivist

July 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update: The White House has announced it has sent Ferriero's nomination to the Senate for confirmation. President Obama reportedly plans to appoint David S. Ferriero to the position of U.S. Archivist, a job that entails deploying a massive technologically-agnostic system to preserve and publish the historical record of the United ...

Public more satisfied with agencies that pursue transparency online, study says

July 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies can fulfill the president's vision of open government by posting large amounts of data online quickly and making it easy to find, a group that tracks the public's satisfaction with government Web sites reported on Tuesday. By boosting the "thoroughness and accessibility of information made available online," or what ...

White House Confronts Cookies

July 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House may lift its policy barring federal Web sites from tracking users' online behavior. A Federal Register notice published on Monday seeks public comment on revisions to an existing ban on persistent cookies -- common software programs that commercial sites deposit on a visitor's computer to collect usage ...

White House mulls making NASA a center for federal cloud computing

July 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA and the Obama administration's top technology officer are considering a NASA cloud computing prototype to test the president's plan for agencies to outsource information technology services to a shared platform. President Obama has called for slashing federal IT infrastructure costs by relying on cloud computing, a process where agencies ...

Two federal groups follow different paths to transparency

July 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two government groups conducting significant national security reviews followed different procedures for collecting outside input, illustrating that agencies, even those working in the same policy area, are inconsistent in their approaches to transparency initiatives. An advisory board, on behalf of National Security Adviser James Jones, this summer sought public input ...

Archives Strategizes for Gov 2.0

July 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Archives and Records Administration is out with a draft 2009 strategic plan that lays down a marker for some ambitious changes, including expanded responsibility for e-records management -- and departmentwide telework. The strategy states: NARA must provide leadership and be more agile in adapting to change in information ...