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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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White House to bestow top tech honors to IT company and inventors

September 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration named two information technology developers and one IT company on Thursday to receive the nation's highest honor for inventors. The administration will award the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the winners -- five total -- during a White House ceremony on Oct. 7. Traditionally, the ...

Rejected Recovery.gov FOIA Appealed

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A watchdog group is contesting the government's denial of a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act to see the entire contents of the controversial, potential $18 million contract for the redesign of Recovery.gov. OMB Watch, which submitted the original request on Aug. 14, announced on Thursday that it ...

Government needs smarter IT to oversee bailout, financial overhaul

September 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The forthcoming financial regulatory overhaul should arm the federal government with information technology to improve oversight of bailout programs, said witnesses from industry and the open government community during a hearing on Thursday. A House Financial Services subcommittee examined legislation that would establish IT systems to oversee financial rescue funds, ...

Groups welcome Recovery board's mash-up system to uncover fraud

September 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent decision by federal stimulus watchdogs to buy a system that can mash up -- or extract and compare -- reports from fund recipients with existing data to prevent fraud is unlikely to overlap with the work of citizen developers, the Washington transparency community says. The General Services Administration ...

Stimulus Data to be Delayed

September 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government will not release stimulus data from the private sector and states on Recovery.gov until Oct. 30, 20 days after spending reports are due, the board overseeing Recovery Act funds announced on Monday. The statistics affected include reports from states and local governments, contractors, universities, nonprofits and other parties ...

Agencies may be unable to meet request for downloadable data

September 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow E-government specialists say it is unreasonable for the White House to call on agencies to release existing government data in machine-readable formats as part of an open government directive. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra on Wednesday said the imminent directive will include a schedule for the distribution of data ...

Industry official: more contractors will absorb online privacy expenses

September 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Web evolves, bottom-line profits will drive federal vendors to build so-called trusted services, or applications that allow government customers and citizens to protect personal information while conducting their daily business online, a Booz Allen Hamilton executive said at a government Web conference on Thursday. "As we look at ...

Government takes on new data services role

September 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Craig Mundie of Microsoft says government needs to figure out how to make data more uniformly available.Ted S. Warren/AP New media has given rise to a new government service -- making data accessible, a top Microsoft Corp. official said during a federal technology conference on Wednesday. "The fundamental role of ...

Obama's Secrecy Record Is Mixed

September 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An annual report card on the Obama administration's secrecy track record found slight decreases in secrecy in the last year of the Bush-Cheney administration and a very mixed performance by Obama in upholding his promise of unprecedented transparency. The report card, which was released on Tuesday and authored by Patrice ...

Report gives Obama administration mixed review on secrecy practices

September 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The study lists qualitative examples of the president's "promising" policies, as well as "discouraging" practices.Jim WATSON/AFP/NEWSCOM An annual report card that measures the level of secrecy in the White House describes a mixed performance by President Obama in upholding his promise of unprecedented transparency. The analysis, released on Tuesday and ...