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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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EPA mapping work aims for more readable data

September 14, 2007 The Environmental Protection Agency, currently confronting criticism for withholding information from the public, says its data will be more readable and interactive when available through Microsoft's Virtual Earth 3-D service within the next six weeks. "The performance of our servers for hosting visualization tools has always been lacking," acknowledged Pat ...

Post-Katrina tech funds prove difficult to track

September 13, 2007 Two years after Hurricane Katrina ransacked New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, there has been little analysis of the reconstruction dollars spent on information technology systems, government watchdog groups say. What is known is that billions of taxpayer dollars were dispensed through contracts that experienced significant overcharges, ...

Procurement agency to take telework lead

September 12, 2007 Managers at the General Services Administration, the government's buying arm, must get 50 percent of their eligible employees to telework by the end of 2010, GSA Administrator Lurita Doan announced Wednesday. She said the most difficult part of the operational overhaul will be convincing managers to embrace a "covenant of ...

NASA researchers balk at background checks

September 4, 2007 Several lawmakers have voiced displeasure to senior Bush administration officials about a new policy on background checks that has prompted nearly 30 scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to sue NASA. The employees, all of whom work for the California Institute of Technology, risk losing their jobs if they fail ...

HHS secretary pushes new health IT advisory panel

August 17, 2007 Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt said Friday that the government's existing advisory body on health information technology needs to be replaced with an entity that acts more like a corporate democracy than a political democracy. Amid controversy over an HHS proposal to privatize the American Health Information Community, ...

Imaging program to offer natural resources snapshot

August 16, 2007 The White House has announced a plan for a long-term land-imaging program that would strengthen the country's leadership in moderate-resolution, satellite-based imagery. Unlike defense-oriented high-resolution imagery, it is adept at monitoring the world's natural resources. A global record of such land-imaging is important for managing territorial possessions and agricultural resources, ...

Proposal to privatize health IT advisory body spurs debate

August 14, 2007 A debate is stirring over a proposal by the Health and Human Services Department to privatize the government's existing advisory body on health information technology. The American Health Information Community, chartered in 2005, currently counsels HHS on hastening the adoption of health IT. Now HHS is forming a successor entity, ...

IT, metal industries fighting over proposed Defense rule

August 9, 2007 The information technology industry and the specialty metals industry are sparring over a proposed Defense Department contracting change that would allow the Pentagon to buy commercial ready-made weapons components without having to determine whether they contain metals produced overseas. IT companies support the proposed rule, while the Specialty Steel Industry ...

Senator claims company not cooperating with audit of GSA contract

July 30, 2007 Sen. Charles Grassley and Sun Microsystems continue to spar over allegations that Sun is not cooperating with an audit of the company's government contract. On Monday, the Iowa Republican's office said that to its knowledge, Sun has not met any of the deadlines for supplying documentation to the inspector general ...

Government job listings may not reach wide enough

July 24, 2007 The official job search portal of the U.S. government, a very effective recruiting tool by most accounts, could lose out on young job-seekers soon if it does not start sharing job listings with other Web sites, some management experts say. USAJobs.gov, the government's centralized job-search Web site, is user friendly ...