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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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Vinton Cerf: Outer space could be next frontier for cybersecurity

June 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google executive Vinton Cerf, known as the father of the Internet, said a tool for securing ad hoc networks used in warfare might be sitting in an extraterrestrial Internet that he and NASA have been testing. A cybersecurity strategy "has been waiting in the interplanetary Internet" Cerf and NASA began ...

Dems slam Bush administration for stalling EPA health-risk database

June 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democrats on a House subcommittee on Thursday alleged that a database the Environmental Protection Agency designed to provide science on health risks that particular chemicals pose was stalled -- and could continue to be impeded -- because of improper Bush administration interference. At a hearing on fixing EPA's Integrated Risk ...

From Nextgov.com: Outer space could be next frontier for cybersecurity, says Internet's 'father'

June 11, 2009 Google executive Vinton Cerf, known as the father of the Internet, said a tool for securing ad hoc networks used in warfare might be available in an extraterrestrial Internet that he and NASA have been testing. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

FAA Launches Safety Site

June 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday remodeled its Web site partly to direct users to its safety-related content. "Safety and efficiency are at the center of what FAA does, and we've dedicated a What We Do promotional area on the home page to highlight this message," the site states. The ...

From Nextgov.com: Recovery board to issue application agencies can use to report stimulus data

June 9, 2009 The board charged with oversight of stimulus spending is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to deploy a software package that agencies and recipients of stimulus funds can use to report spending data to Recovery.gov, officials with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Recovery board to issue app agencies can use to report stimulus data

June 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board charged with oversight of stimulus spending is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to deploy a software package that agencies and recipients of stimulus funds can use to report spending data to Recovery.gov, officials with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said. Open access activists and some lawmakers ...

Health professionals call for network to uncover best medical treatments

June 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Advocates of a research method to uncover optimal medical treatments are urging policymakers to build a sophisticated network that would look for patterns in clinical trial studies and existing health research to identify those interventions. If the federal government doesn't begin to build the network to support comparative effectiveness research ...

Regulations.gov wins praise for public outreach

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is drawing accolades for its strategy to allow the public to evaluate a proposed redesign of the often overlooked rule-tracking Web site Regulations.gov. The site, which launched in 2003, was intended to engage the public in policymaking by allowing citizens to submit comments on proposed rules published ...

Administration plans to expand online government data site

June 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A comprehensive online warehouse of downloadable federal statistics is expected soon to add clickable tags that allow users to search and catalog related content, the White House chief information officer said on Thursday. "We want to be able to get multiple tagging. We've seen in social networking, that's been extremely ...

OGov on Track, But to Where?

June 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama's open government initiative is on track with part two of a process intended to involve the public in policymaking. Late Tuesday night, White House officials released a summary of part one -- a week-long brainstorming session -- and a bit more information on round two. Critics had called ...