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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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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 ...

Commerce wants maps showing where broadband is needed

April 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The absence of a national map that pinpoints localities that lack high-speed Internet access could hinder the federal government from distributing stimulus funds to expand the service in those areas, lawmakers and federal officials said on Thursday. While federal agencies wait for accurate mapping, they are moving ahead on outreach ...

Kundra's Ideas Shape Book

April 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A forthcoming book, "Democratizing Data," by e-government guru W. David Stephenson probably provides some inside knowledge of President Obama's future tech agenda. That's because the book's former co-author is none other than newly appointed Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. A draft of the book's first chapter calls for a ...

Lack of reporting, communication threaten TARP program

March 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has yet to clearly communicate to the public and Congress the financial results of one of its key economic recovery programs, which could jeopardize future funding for the initiative, say federal auditors and government watchdogs. The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program enacted last fall has earned ...

Task force takes global view of digital archiving

January 28, 2008 A new international task force will convene for the first time Tuesday to address the problem of maintaining data for future generations. The National Science Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are funding the Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access panel's two-year mission, with support from institutions like the Council on ...

Lawmakers favor outside access to legislative data

January 23, 2008 The legislative process could become a lot more exciting if lawmakers get their way in freeing the data inside the Library of Congress' legislative Internet database so that independent Web sites can repackage the information. In November, the House Administration Committee asked the library to explore solutions for supplying the ...

HHS chief aims for IT job credentials in a year

January 22, 2008 A workforce shortage is hampering the widespread adoption of digital health records, largely because job classifications for health information technology personnel have not been clearly defined, an advisory group said during a Tuesday meeting. That sparked Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to ask the American Health Information Community ...