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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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Obama Tweets to Chill Flu Fears

May 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama joined Facebook, MySpace and Twitter -- all burgeoning online communities -- on Friday in what some are calling an effort to calm hysteria surrounding the swine flu outbreak. "In creating the new social media pages, the White House endorsed the Internet maxim that no matter your prestige, power, ...

Bipartisan support builds for bailout tracking database

May 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is backing legislation that would mandate a database of economic bailout information to provide a more complete picture of who is getting the $700 billion in Trouble Asset Relief Program funds. "I'd like to see these provisions, this transparency, applied to [the bailout program] ...

For Google, Public Not Always Public

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google this week piloted a new feature that, according to the company, "makes it easy to find and compare public data," but, in reality, Google itself can't find a lot of the public data out there. Many federal Web sites or content on site pages cannot be indexed by typical ...

Cloud computing could help agencies track stimulus funds

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The information technology industry is pushing federal agencies to consider a business practice of sharing software applications to manage stimulus funds and to report the results of those expenditures. The recommendation to use cloud computing comes at a time when the Obama administration is asking vendors for ideas on how ...

'Government Not Always the Solution'

April 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated at 6:31 pm on Tuesday, April 28. Macon Phillips, the White House director of new media, has a proposition for open government advocates who want a federal Web site that will let them suggest recommendations for a forthcoming open government directive: Do it yourself. "I don't think it's something ...

Public approval ratings on federal Web sites down slightly

April 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citizens' satisfaction with federal Web sites declined slightly after President Obama took office with visitors failing to see tremendous improvements under the so-called Internet president, according to a quarterly index that tracks opinions about public and private sites. Government Web sites scored 73.6, on a 100-point scale, half a point ...

White House officials discuss technology challenges

April 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The preservation of information distributed on commercial content-sharing sites, such as blip.tv or the popular miniblog Twitter, is just one of the hurdles federal Web managers must confront in the era of online government, members of the White House's new media team said on Tuesday. RELATED: White House to issue ...

Seeking Recovery.gov Help

April 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery.gov, the government's window into stimulus expenditures, on Monday is kicking off a week-long online discussion with IT vendors to improve the site. The federal government, in partnership with the nonprofit National Academy of Public Administration, is hosting the dialogue to seek "ideas, tools, and approaches" that can make Recovery.gov ...

From Nextgov.com: Organizations coordinate Web-based communications to fight flu

April 27, 2009 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Homeland Security Department and the World Health Organization have coordinated their Web-based communications on the swine flu outbreak to ensure uniformity across platforms, say homeland security professionals and federal officials. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Feds coordinate Web communications to fight swine flu

April 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The strain of swine, human and bird influenza has proven deadly in Mexico and sickened people in the U.S.Marco Ugarte/AP The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Homeland Security Department and the World Health Organization have coordinated their Web-based communications on the swine flu outbreak to ensure uniformity across ...