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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: White House gets tough on ID card reader requirements

February 7, 2011 Beginning Oct. 1, the White House will penalize agencies that fail to outfit facilities and information technology systems with electronic identity card readers by withholding funds for other programs, according to a new White House memo. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

With Clock Ticking, Senators Fight Over PATRIOT Act Renewal

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on extending contentious surveillance provisions in a national security law -- set to expire in three weeks -- so that he could unveil a bill that would make the sections permanent. On Thursday, the panel planned to vote on...

Mismanagement, cost and schedule problems plague immigration system upgrade

February 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said the department will automate immigration benefits processing.Shawn Thew/Landov A Homeland Security Department program that was supposed to automate the processing of immigration papers still has not launched, after the agency responsible failed to complete a required pilot test and then continued to spend four years...

From Nextgov.com: Mismanagement, cost and schedule problems plague immigration system upgrade

February 4, 2011 A Homeland Security Department program that was supposed to automate the processing of immigration papers still has not launched, after the agency responsible failed to complete a required pilot test and then continued to spend four years and more than $6 million to build the system. Read the full story...

White House seeks to bust myths about talking to contractors

February 3, 2011 White House officials on Wednesday circulated a memorandum, first obtained by Nextgov, that encourages procurement officers to communicate with contractors before finalizing solicitations, in an effort to dispel misperceptions about conflicts of interest. The idea is that companies know the costs and features of current technology better than the government...

OMB Memo: Myths about Contractor-Government Talks

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Wednesday circulated a memo, obtained by Nextgov, that encourages procurement officers to communicate with contractors before finalizing solicitations, in an effort to dispel misperceptions about conflicts of interest. The idea is that companies know the costs and features of current technology better than the government so...

CEOs to feds: Consolidate data centers to cut IT spending

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The heads of IBM Corp. and Dell Inc. this week told President Obama and other White House officials that consolidating data centers is one of the easiest ways to trim federal information technology spending. "All we're talking about is putting things together and sharing them," IBM Chief Executive Officer Samuel...

Interior executives test iPads in bid to boost productivity

February 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flickr user twid Several Interior Department agencies are buying small quantities of Apple iPads to evaluate whether the tablet computers boost efficiency, in a move that resembles the private sector's experimentation with corporate-issued iPads. "We've done a limited pilot here at the Office of the Secretary" for staff who frequently...

Service Interrupted

February 1, 2011 WikiLeaks fiasco reinforces push to set security standards for cloud services. The WikiLeaks scandal, which prompted targeted blackouts of the document-leaking venture and financial services, demonstrates how online enterprises are at the mercy of third-party Web service providers. Such shutdowns could have dire consequences for Internet-based government services such as...

Test affirms United States' ability to circumvent Internet censors

January 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jim Hollander/Landov A recent internal test by a federally-funded broadcaster shows that the U.S. government has the power to bypass foreign Internet censors by feeding news over a special e-mail system. How that capability might affect events in Egypt, where leaders have cut off Internet services despite appeals by the...