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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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From Nextgov.com: Senators skim over open government during CTO confirmation hearing

May 19, 2009 Lawmakers seemed disinterested in President Obama's open government priorities during a Tuesday committee hearing to examine the nomination of Chief Technology Officer-designate Aneesh Chopra, among other commerce-related appointees. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Senators skim over open government during CTO confirmation hearing

May 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers seemed disinterested in President Obama's open government priorities during a Tuesday committee hearing to examine the nomination of Chief Technology Officer-designate Aneesh Chopra, among other commerce-related appointees. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where the first-ever CTO would serve as associate director, is expected to unveil ...

Liability an issue with health care software

May 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration must ensure vendors are held accountable for faulty health care technology fielded as part of efforts to expand electronic medical records, some health informatics specialists say. "I think the intentions are good, but it's terribly misguided in that the hospitals and physician practices will be obliged to ...

Activists: Open the Open Government

May 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open government groups say as early as Monday they plan to send the Obama administration a letter that asks the White House to "to open the Open Government Directive process" to the public. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra must submit recommendations for the forthcoming directive, which President Obama announced ...

Debate continues over White House policy on email preservation

May 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration, Congress, the courts and open government advocates are quietly haggling over an alleged Bush-era secrecy practice of missing e-mails, but the issue could become more complicated for President Obama because of his administration's fervent embrace of electronic communications, open access lawyers said. Public interest groups in September ...

Lawmaker Calls for Bailout Formatting

May 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Republican House member proposed a measure on Thursday that would demand banks receiving bailout funds hand over business results in a special format that is easily accessible, after many open government advocates had urged the administration to require such formatting. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the ranking member on the ...

"Swine Flu," The Brand

May 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One lesson learned from the swine flu outbreak is that cross-marketing the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on other federal Web sites helped drive more citizens to sign up for emergency e-mail alerts, according to GovDelivery, a company that manages public communications for government agencies. A few days after ...

Budget push for cloud computing could be premature, observers say

May 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fiscal 2010 federal information technology budget request tells agencies to slash costs by moving to cloud computing platforms, but some government technology consultants responded to the unprecedented product endorsement with concerns about hasty implementation. Cloud computing, often called subscription-based service, offers paying customers Internet access to software programs -- ...

What About Spending.gov Subs?

May 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the fiscal 2010 budget plan for federal IT investments cites efforts to build Recovery.gov, a federal site for tracking stimulus spending, it is silent on the extent to which subcontractor funding and performance will be disclosed. Lawmakers and interest groups are seeking more specifics on such transactions. The budget ...

Chopra Confirmation Hearing Scheduled

May 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate panel plans to examine on May 19 the nomination of Aneesh Chopra as the first-ever federal Chief Technology Officer, a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy official said on Tuesday. While the nomination is not controversial, the timing is. Because Chopra was not named to the ...