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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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HHS chief aims for IT job credentials in a year

January 22, 2008 A workforce shortage is hampering the widespread adoption of digital health records, largely because job classifications for health information technology personnel have not been clearly defined, an advisory group said during a Tuesday meeting. That sparked Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to ask the American Health Information Community ...

Backers of bill on federal Web services seek action

January 18, 2008 A Senate committee is working to clarify accountability language in a House-passed bill that would order agencies to measure citizen satisfaction with government services, including Web interactions, according to several lawmakers. The House passed the bill, H.R. 404, last July, and it is now pending before the Senate Homeland Security ...

Official touts Bush's efforts to improve e-government

January 17, 2008 In taking stock of the administration's progress in digitizing government services during President Bush's time in office, the White House's deputy e-government chief noted on Thursday that government-wide Web sites have helped eradicate some of the bureaucratic maze. At a gathering of information technology leaders from the public and private ...

Agencies are cautious of software accessed online

January 16, 2008 The federal government is cautious about embracing an increasingly popular model of software that is now being sold by many of its information technology providers, agency officials acknowledged Wednesday at a conference on "software as a service." Referred to interchangeably as "hosted software," "on-demand software," or "subscription-based software," the product ...

EPA's move to 'modernize' libraries spurs concerns

January 15, 2008 In response to a congressional mandate that the Environmental Protection Agency restore closed libraries, the agency said it will proceed with modernizing its library network, leading some people to believe the EPA will not resume physical library operations. Molly O'Neill, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Environmental Information, issued a ...

Lawmaker predicts U.S.-China space race

January 11, 2008 A space race between the United States and China will emerge in the next five to 10 years and could jeopardize U.S. national security, a key House lawmaker said Friday. Floridian Tom Feeney, ranking Republican on the Science and Technology Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, made the comment after the Congressional ...

Legal experts, labor leaders decry e-mail ruling

January 7, 2008 A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that lets employers block employees from using company e-mail for "non-job-related solicitations" flies in the face of a labor law meant to protect democracy in the workplace, some professors argue. The decision arose after an employee at The Register-Guard, a daily ...

Federal tech spending gets more scrutiny

December 21, 2007 The comprehensive spending bill for the federal government in fiscal 2008 indicates that Congress is exercising more oversight and demanding more transparency of information technology contracts, an industry group leader said Friday. "It's too early to tell how good [the package] is for IT procurement," said Alan Chvotkin of the ...

Fewer connections could limit cyber attacks, agency official says

December 12, 2007 A Justice Department cyber-security official on Wednesday touted the government's strategy of reducing its number of Internet connections to 50 by June in order to reduce cyber vulnerabilities. The government's "Trusted Internet Connections" initiative, which was announced last month, will help protect information by shrinking the attack surface area -- ...

NASA will check backgrounds despite criticism

December 7, 2007 NASA is going forward with what some are calling "invasive" background checks at all but one of its field centers despite ongoing litigation to end the process at that facility, NASA officials said Thursday. On Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California heard arguments in the case ...