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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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Energy takes one-time darling of supercomputers offline

November 11, 2010 The Energy Department is shutting down Purple, a five-year-old supercomputer that was once the darling of the government's fleet of machines for simulating nuclear weapons performance. Energy officials announced the department has turned off the IBM machine that was procured for $230 million, following a decade-long pursuit to build a...

Homeland Security beefs up system to check employment eligibility

November 11, 2010 Homeland Security Department officials on Wednesday announced they have added a passport photo-matching option to a work eligibility system that checks immigration status, in a move to reduce errors that critics say hurt job growth. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas said the...

Recovery Board to Debut Education Spending Site

November 10, 2010 The government's stimulus spending watchdog is set to launch a website on Monday that will track $10 billion in non-stimulus funding for education jobs, Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board announced on Wednesday. The board, which Congress established in 2009 to oversee $787 billion of economic...

E-Verify Adds Passport Photo Matching

November 10, 2010 Homeland Security Department officials on Wednesday announced they have added a passport photo-matching option to a work eligibility system that checks for immigration status, in an effort to reduce errors that critics say hurt job growth. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas said...

Gates: Robots are next hot health technology

November 10, 2010 The potential for mobile devices to improve public health is limited but offers some advantages over traditional computing technologies that simply facilitate research and collaboration, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday. But robots, he argued, could be the next hot health technology. The comments came at a conference to showcase...

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Twitter Ties

November 10, 2010 Many agencies have turned to Twitter as a public relations tool for keeping people informed. Followers online can gather snippets on everything from the secretary of State's remarks at Middle East peace talks to NASA's take on commercial space travel. But federal employees and consultants say the social networking service's...

GPO Now Personalizes HSPD-12 IDs

November 9, 2010 Agencies now have a colleague they can turn to for manufacturing their employee credential cards. The Government Printing Office, a federal agency, announced on Tuesday that the Obama administration has certified GPO to personalize identification cards for departments governmentwide. For years, outside vendors, such as VeriSign and Oberthur Technologies, have...

Models exist for tightening air cargo screening, specialists say

November 9, 2010 U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Israeli government both have model procedures for securing freight with technology that the Homeland Security Department could emulate to tighten cargo screening aboard U.S.-bound flights, according to several transportation security experts. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday announced new security measures for planes...

Agencies slow to respond to requests for contractor data

November 8, 2010 Some federal procurement officers are refusing to publicly release contractor ratings data that may show agencies are not properly evaluating the performance of vendors who receive billion-dollar contracts, according to a consulting practice that regularly files Freedom of Information Act requests for the data. In June, Jeff Stachewicz, founder of...

Observers recommend broader role for government in cybersecurity

November 8, 2010 Public service campaigns to promote safe Web surfing and developing best practices for fending off cyberattacks are not constructive activities for the government, a panel of cybersecurity experts told Federal Communications Commission officials on Friday. FCC is now identifying the five most critical threats to the Internet, as well as...