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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From CDC increases competition with $5 billion IT contract

October 1, 2010 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed a $5 billion deal with 30 vendors that will compete for information technology work during the next decade, CDC officials said on Thursday. Read the full story on

Keeping the Door Open

October 1, 2010 As the newness wears off, transparency could be losing its shine. Some fear the open government movement will lose steam if the White House doesn't get serious about forcing federal agencies to stick to President Obama's transparency dictum. According to government watchdog groups, the administration gushes over agencies that exceed...

Survey: FOIA Workers Need $$$, Tech

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees who are responsible for administering the Freedom of Information Act say their offices are too short-staffed, underfunded and technologically inept to process requests as expeditiously as the White House wants, according to a survey conducted by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The day after taking...

Space agency is headed for new information security requirements

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Wednesday night approved a policy bill with language mandating that NASA keep lawmakers updated on an effort to monitor cybersecurity threats in real-time across agency computer networks. The NASA reauthorization act (S. 3729), which the House passed 304-118, requires the space agency to provide Congress with details...

From Space agency is headed for new information security requirements

September 30, 2010 The House on Wednesday night approved a policy bill with language mandating that NASA keep lawmakers updated on an effort to monitor cybersecurity threats in real-time across agency computer networks. Read the full story on

Fed-Backed Prizes Handed Out

September 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Tuesday congratulated teams of Americans who won $60,000 in government-funded prizes by developing kids' video games that encourage physical activity and healthy eating, in the culmination of a campaign aimed at beating obesity and promoting federally backed prizes. One winning app lets children ski with digital...

IRS fails to assign employees security roles and responsibilities, audit finds

September 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service has not informed information technology employees what their responsibilities are for securing taxpayer data, according to a report a Treasury Department inspector general released on Tuesday. The audit reviewed steps the IRS established to address a lack of defined security roles and tasks and found the...

HHS Finishes Funding HIT Help Desk

September 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The administration has finished awarding $677 million to create something like a nationwide help desk for the exchange of electronic health records, with Tuesday's announcement of the final two communities selected to offer providers technical assistance. The Health and Human Services Department will grant CalOptima Foundation $4.7 million to serve...

White House boosts effort to keep fake products out of procurement

September 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has created an interagency working group to stop counterfeit goods from entering the supply chains that support Defense Department weapons systems and private sector electronic goods, the nation's first intellectual property czar said on Tuesday. "The implications of DoD procuring counterfeit goods are negative and obvious," said...

A DNI Legal Leak

September 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed 2007 guidelines used to investigate and respond to leaks of classified information, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by government secrecy expert Steven Aftergood. The Wikileaks website published a 2002 version of the handbook a couple years ago....

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