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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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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 ...

Senator pans federal contract for traffic information site

July 23, 2007 Sen. Orrin Hatch has accused the Transportation Department of squelching competition for an open-bid contract to collect and post real-time data on traffic conditions. Traffic.com has been under contract with the department since 1999 to deploy "intelligent transportation systems," or ITS, capable of measuring and managing the performance of the ...

Ousted hurricane center chief defends request for new satellite

July 19, 2007 The director of the National Hurricane Center, who was removed from his position July 9, said the center has never been more ready for hurricane season -- but he still questions why the Bush administration did not act aggressively to replace an aging satellite that provides key forecasting data. The ...

Science, tech advocates eye increased federal resources

July 13, 2007 Six months into 2007, education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM education, is finally getting much needed attention in Washington, education advocates and lawmakers say. "The budget request contained the first meaningful increase for the National Science Foundation's education programs in many years, something the ...

Health IT for veterans gets notice in New Orleans

July 9, 2007 Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, there is still debate about where to rebuild a healthcare system that will provide the best treatment and most efficient electronic record-keeping for veterans in the southeastern Louisiana region. "Veterans in south Louisiana have waited too long for a decision to ...

Panelists discuss cyber threats, government response

June 21, 2007 Instead of reactively encrypting data whenever government computers go missing, agencies need to be more proactive in combating computer crime, according to the security firm McAfee. "If you look at data loss, the only times that you see real strong reporting is when laptops are lost," said Mike Carpenter, McAfee's ...