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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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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 ...

Panelist notes politics of putting agency information online

June 19, 2007 Patrice McDermott, executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, chose to participate in a Tuesday workshop sponsored by the World Wide Web Consortium and the Web Science Research Initiative because she wants to convince techies that the government's underutilization of the Internet has a lot to do with politics. The workshop, held this ...

Tech firms wary of push for contracting reform

June 5, 2007 Information technology contractors are increasingly concerned about bills that seek to minimize the use of so-called cost-reimbursement contracts, which allow contractors to estimate total fees when expenses and requirements involve many unknowns. Lawmakers who are worried about contract abuse want agencies to adhere to standard fixed-price contracts. Language encouraging federal ...

Survey: Unauthorized teleworkers a security risk

June 4, 2007 Federal teleworkers are less of a security risk than many of their in-office colleagues who take home government work without authorization, according to a report released Monday by the public-private partnership Telework Exchange. An online poll of 258 federal employees including sanctioned teleworkers, non-teleworkers and non-teleworkers who unofficially work at ...

Rules lacking over access to executive branch info

May 31, 2007 No laws have been established to help Congress obtain internal information, including e-mails, from the executive branch -- and that may not be a bad thing according to some open government advocates and a recent Congressional Research Service report. But at least one member of Congress says there should be ...

Librarians use 'wiki' for updates on EPA consolidation

May 23, 2007 As lawmakers and the library community continue prodding the Environmental Protection Agency for details about its plans to consolidate the regional EPA library system, one organization has launched a collaborative "wiki" to let federal librarians anonymously air what they know about the changes. Since the 109th Congress, House Democratic leaders ...

Mandated 'smart cards' affect tech contractors

May 21, 2007 Under a new homeland security directive, all government workers must authenticate their identities with "smart cards" before performing simple tasks like faxing or scanning documents over e-mail. The move has forced major manufacturers of printers, scanners, facsimile machines, copiers and peripheral software to either accommodate smart-card readers or lose government ...

Agencies prepare for new telecom services

May 8, 2007 Verizon Communications anticipates that federal agencies will begin clamoring for the company's next-generation telecommunications services this fall, with commercial businesses following suit shortly thereafter. The company was one of three providers chosen by the General Services Administration in March to provide voice, Internet, wireless and satellite services to government locations ...

NASA employees object to data-gathering actions

May 7, 2007 Lawmakers are investigating accusations that federal agencies are violating civil liberties in enforcing a presidential security directive that requires workers and contractors to undergo background checks in order to enter government buildings and computer systems. On April 26, a bipartisan group of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's ...