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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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Obama Opens O-Government

May 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The day that recommendations for a more open government are due to the president, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) plans to file a request for public input, prompting questions galore. Months ago, President Obama asked department heads to compile recommendations for an open government directive ...

Congress and the CTO

May 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Technology Officer nominee Aneesh Chopra garnered little attention from lawmakers examining his and other presidential appointments on Tuesday, raising the question: How important is the first-ever federal CTO? The only substantive question for Chopra came from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who asked about his plans for telemedicine, or ...

From Nextgov.com: Senators skim over open government during CTO confirmation hearing

May 19, 2009 Lawmakers seemed disinterested in President Obama's open government priorities during a Tuesday committee hearing to examine the nomination of Chief Technology Officer-designate Aneesh Chopra, among other commerce-related appointees. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Senators skim over open government during CTO confirmation hearing

May 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers seemed disinterested in President Obama's open government priorities during a Tuesday committee hearing to examine the nomination of Chief Technology Officer-designate Aneesh Chopra, among other commerce-related appointees. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where the first-ever CTO would serve as associate director, is expected to unveil ...

Liability an issue with health care software

May 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration must ensure vendors are held accountable for faulty health care technology fielded as part of efforts to expand electronic medical records, some health informatics specialists say. "I think the intentions are good, but it's terribly misguided in that the hospitals and physician practices will be obliged to ...

Activists: Open the Open Government

May 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open government groups say as early as Monday they plan to send the Obama administration a letter that asks the White House to "to open the Open Government Directive process" to the public. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra must submit recommendations for the forthcoming directive, which President Obama announced ...

Debate continues over White House policy on email preservation

May 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration, Congress, the courts and open government advocates are quietly haggling over an alleged Bush-era secrecy practice of missing e-mails, but the issue could become more complicated for President Obama because of his administration's fervent embrace of electronic communications, open access lawyers said. Public interest groups in September ...

Lawmaker Calls for Bailout Formatting

May 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Republican House member proposed a measure on Thursday that would demand banks receiving bailout funds hand over business results in a special format that is easily accessible, after many open government advocates had urged the administration to require such formatting. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the ranking member on the ...

"Swine Flu," The Brand

May 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One lesson learned from the swine flu outbreak is that cross-marketing the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on other federal Web sites helped drive more citizens to sign up for emergency e-mail alerts, according to GovDelivery, a company that manages public communications for government agencies. A few days after ...

Budget push for cloud computing could be premature, observers say

May 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fiscal 2010 federal information technology budget request tells agencies to slash costs by moving to cloud computing platforms, but some government technology consultants responded to the unprecedented product endorsement with concerns about hasty implementation. Cloud computing, often called subscription-based service, offers paying customers Internet access to software programs -- ...