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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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Recovery board to provide public with original stimulus data

July 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board responsible for overseeing stimulus spending said on Wednesday that the public would have access to the same machine-readable data that updates Recovery.gov, a functionality that open government activists have been seeking. But public watchdogs and federal auditors raised concerns that the data might be flawed. Federal reporting rules ...

Where's the (Infected) Beef?

July 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The administration on Tuesday announced long-desired steps that agencies will take to help repair the beleaguered food safety system, including the creation of a nationwide trace-back system to more quickly identify the food-source of an outbreak. The new executive branch actions are a response to a spate of food safety ...

This time, White House receives kudos for participation

July 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An advisory council report on health care research released last month by the Health and Human Services Department marks an exception to the White House's closed-door decision-making on how to spend stimulus funds, which critics said run counter to the president's pledge to bring transparency, public participation and collaboration to ...

Officials weigh cost of transparency, with an eye on technology's role

July 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama often refers to the clear-cut benefits of striking a healthy balance between transparency and national security, such as upholding the Constitution. More ambiguous are the financial savings derived from increased transparency. In fact, even some open government proponents say Obama's transparency agenda may initially cost taxpayers more money. ...

Cyber Town Hall Falls Back To Earth

July 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Wednesday fought for his health care agenda and electronic medical records during an online town hall that was streamed from Annandale, Va. But those in the room may have had the biggest impact on the conversation. In a departure from past Q&A sessions with netizens, the president ...

From Nextgov.com: Web site offers glimpse of how IT projects are performing

June 30, 2009 Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra on Tuesday unveiled a public Web site aimed at showing correlations between taxpayer dollars and the performance of federal information technology investments. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Web site offers glimpse of how IT projects are performing

June 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra on Tuesday unveiled a public Web site aimed at showing correlations between taxpayer dollars and the performance of federal information technology investments. The IT dashboard was prompted in part by a pending transparency bill and represents an effort to address shortcomings in USASpending.gov, a ...

White House approach to transparency gains favor -- for now

June 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An open government initiative that President Obama launched the day after taking office has begun to win over critics, but transparency activists are reserving judgment until the White House issues a final directive to agencies. Administration officials "seem to be adjusting based upon input and experience," which is "commendable," but ...

White House Extends Collaboration

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House apparently has listened to the public's request for more collaboration in drafting recommendations for an open government directive after drawing flack for a short brainstorming session in May. The administration this week began the third and final phase of a public process aimed at creating a more ...

Microsoft: Legacy systems not a barrier to cloud computing

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft officials are trying to dispel the myth that federal agencies must scrap legacy information technology systems so they can move to Web-based, or cloud, computing. Recovery.gov, one of the government's most visited -- and data-intensive -- Web sites, may be ready to enter the cloud, said company executives, who ...