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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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Transparency advocate: Fed Web sites have moral obligation

July 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government transparency carries a moral aspect that is embodied on government Web sites as links, or connections to other Web pages, according to David Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a former presidential campaign adviser. As opposed to viewing transparency in terms of ...

Nixon Tape Transcripts 'Interpretations'

July 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It likely is impossible to produce a perfect transcript of the infamous Nixon tapes because audio fidelity was not taken into consideration in designing the White House tape-recording system, reports Steven Aftergood, author of an e-newsletter and blog on government secrecy published by the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists. Aftergood ...

Recovery Board Won't Fix Ham Goof

July 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The independent board overseeing stimulus spending will not correct information on Recovery.gov that indicates the government is paying more than a million dollars for two pounds of frozen ham, a spokesman for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said on Monday. The blogosphere and WTOP reporters over the weekend and ...

OMB's dashboard site plays role in suspending 45 tech projects at VA

July 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top officials with the Veterans Affairs Department, while compiling data for a recently launched White House Web site that details information technology projects, identified more than 45 failing projects that the agency subsequently suspended, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said in an interview with Nextgov on Friday. In preparing ...

40 years after moon landing, public unaware of NASA's tech contributions

July 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On July 20, NASA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, but space enthusiasts and lawmakers are concerned that the public is unaware of the space agency's work and how its technological developments have improved everyday life. Many Americans think NASA's major contributions to technology include primarily ...

Recovery.gov Maps Go Deeper

July 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery.gov on Thursday retooled the maps on its Web site, as the official stimulus-monitoring portal prepares for a more thorough refresh later this summer. While agencies are not required to begin transmitting spending reports until October, they are beginning to report their weekly state-by-state distributions of money, according to Vice ...

Data.gov Copycats

July 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government transparency enthusiasts have launched a public-service Web site that pulls and repackages federal data - fulfilling the aim of the White House's "democratizing data" campaign. Sunlight Labs, a spinoff of the Sunlight Foundation that develops Web applications, is trying to one-up Data.gov. The government site, which launched May 21, ...

GSA will retain oversight of contract to build Recovery.gov

July 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an unusual move, the General Services Administration will supervise the recently awarded contract to overhaul the Recovery.gov Web site, rather than handing off the contract management duties to the oversight board that maintains the site, officials with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said on Wednesday. "GSA will be ...

From Nextgov.com: GSA will retain oversight of contract to build Recovery.gov

July 16, 2009 In an unusual move, the General Services Administration will supervise the recently awarded contract to overhaul the Recovery.gov Web site, rather than handing off the contract management duties to the oversight board that maintains the site, officials with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said on Wednesday. Read the full ...

State medical records laws complicate White House plans

July 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A patchwork of conflicting state regulations may hamper the Obama administration's plan to quickly cut health care costs by transitioning from paper to electronic medical records, say some vendors and hospital managers. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included about $20 billion to encourage doctors and hospitals to install ...