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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Agencies prepare for new telecom services

May 8, 2007 Verizon Communications anticipates that federal agencies will begin clamoring for the company's next-generation telecommunications services this fall, with commercial businesses following suit shortly thereafter. The company was one of three providers chosen by the General Services Administration in March to provide voice, Internet, wireless and satellite services to government locations ...

NASA employees object to data-gathering actions

May 7, 2007 Lawmakers are investigating accusations that federal agencies are violating civil liberties in enforcing a presidential security directive that requires workers and contractors to undergo background checks in order to enter government buildings and computer systems. On April 26, a bipartisan group of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's ...

Probes highlight problems with agencies’ e-mail storage

May 3, 2007 The paucity of policies on maintaining government e-mail could make it hard for agencies to comply with the slew of recent demands from Capitol Hill for correspondence involving government officials. Right now, lawmakers are insisting that the Bush administration to release e-mails related to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, ...

Senate gears up to debate FDA drug safety system

April 30, 2007 Drug safety legislation up for debate in the Senate Monday afternoon would require pharmaceutical companies and the Food and Drug Administration to pool public and private reports of adverse drug reactions into one FDA computer system. The proposal is part of a bill that would reauthorize and amend a program ...

Denmark, U.S. military on parallel paths to e-health

April 23, 2007 Denmark is on an aggressive path toward crafting an international e-health system while the U.S. military health system attempts a similar feat to support servicemen around the world. "We want international interoperability for NATO, defense and tourists" said Arne Kverneland, head of the health informatics department within Denmark's National Board ...

New hacker techniques threaten agencies

April 20, 2007 With hackers constantly concocting new types of malicious software, government agencies are struggling to stay abreast of the latest threats, according to testimony released Thursday by federal auditors. One new trick that intruders are trying involves a covert form of "malware" called a rootkit. A rootkit remains dormant, invisible to ...

Ex-Official: Education database had history of lax security

April 18, 2007 A student-loan database that the Education Department partially closed Tuesday had a history of lax sanctions and security, according to a former department official. "I don't think the student-loan database has ever been designed with security and privacy in mind," the former official said Tuesday. "The focus is on ease ...

FDA's Web overhaul won't inform public, critics say

April 16, 2007 Contrary to the expectations of the Food and Drug Administration, a planned overhaul of the FDA's Web site will not generate a better informed public, some health experts say. On Friday, FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach sent a memorandum to FDA staff, stating, "A modern and effective FDA Web site ...

Trust and logistics key to standard employee ID cards

April 13, 2007 The ongoing task of issuing all federal contractors common identification cards will involve a great deal of trust and logistics, federal officials said at a credentialing conference on Friday. In October, agencies were required to start issuing standardized IDs to all employees and contractors who access government buildings and computer ...

Compatibility dictates rollout of emergency responder, port IDs

April 12, 2007 Compatibility issues are dictating the rollout speed of ongoing, large-scale deployments of biometric identification cards for emergency responders and port workers, according to panelists who spoke Thursday at a government credentialing conference. One such "smart card" program coordinated by the Homeland Security Department is intended to give federal, state, and ...