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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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Panel says tech companies might not see immediate profit from stimulus

April 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech vendors may not profit immediately from selling new technologies that improve government's transparency and accountability because of the free services available now, said a bipartisan panel of social media advocates on Tuesday. "It's a little too soon to spec out the standards" for software that can analyze government data ...

OpenSecrets Opens Data

April 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lobbyist watchdog Web site OpenSecrets.org is releasing the data underlying its searchable databases so that anyone can download and manipulate the information, the site announced on Monday. The data is only available in a format called CSV, or comma-separated values, a simple and common coding that was selected to accommodate ...

Some open government advocates question administration’s transparency commitment

April 10, 2009 New federal guidance on the Recovery Act has some open-government advocates concerned that the White House is backing away from plans to have agencies broadcast easily accessible news feeds disclosing stimulus spending. The Office of Management and Budget's April 3 guidelines for agencies on implementing the economic recovery plan "make ...

Some open gov advocates question administration's transparency commitment

April 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New federal guidance on the Recovery Act has some open-government advocates concerned that the White House is backing away from plans to have agencies broadcast easily accessible news feeds disclosing stimulus spending. The Office of Management and Budget's April 3 guidelines for agencies on implementing the economic recovery plan "make ...

Air Safety Survey Back to Drawing Board

April 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors say an experimental web-based method of surveying pilots to identify predictors of airline accidents, which took 10 years to develop, does not adequately represent the wider population. The project, the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service, was started by NASA in 1997 to evaluate the feasibility of using surveys ...

From Nextgov.com: Opponents protest president’s proposed rule in his own Web 2.0 style

April 8, 2009 Some bloggers are using the social media tactics that President Obama has long promoted against him as they protest his proposed rule to overturn conscience protections for health care workers who refuse to participate in controversial medical procedures. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Opponents protest Obama's proposed rule in his Web 2.0 style

April 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some bloggers are using the social media tactics that President Obama has long promoted against him as they protest his proposed rule to overturn conscience protections for health care workers who refuse to participate in controversial medical procedures. "Obama obviously has championed social media for his purposes. ... We are ...

Obama To Release Toxin Data Early

April 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An open government advocate said on Monday that he noticed the wind shift at last week's annual conference on an EPA program that shares figures on outdoor chemical pollution with the public. Sean Moulton, OMB Watch's director of federal information policy and a keynote speaker at the event, said the ...

Acting GAO Chief Talks Transparency

April 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gene L. Dodaro, the acting chief of the government's watchdog agency, tagged federal contracting as a high-risk area in the government during a recent presentation on promoting accountability and transparency in government. He was speaking at his alma mater, Williamsport, Pa.'s Lycoming College. The immediate focus of the Government Accountability ...

E-mail delay highlights sluggish federal communication network

April 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama addresses a crowd in Prague on Sunday, April 5.Charles Dharapak/AP The Obama administration directed agencies in February to solicit input from employees on improving government transparency, but some didn't receive the message until after the comment period ended in March, according to several workers and consultants who provided ...