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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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FedRAMP May Be Slow to Ramp Up

November 5, 2010 FedRAMP, the new program intended to accelerate security approvals of so-called cloud applications, may take a while to get off the ground, according to several federal chief information officers. The General Services Administration on Nov. 2 issued a single list of cybersecurity requirements that contractors and all agencies eventually will...

Using the Treasury Secretary in a Phishing Scam

November 4, 2010 Somebody tried to pull a fast one on World Bank officials by e-mailing them a letter supposedly from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about China monetary policy, according to the Wall Street Journal. The trick had nothing to do with plans to stop the foreign country from skewing the trade balance...

Detaching IT security officers would harm cybersecurity, CIOs warn

November 4, 2010 The chief information officers of three large federal agencies are warning that legislative proposals intended to strengthen the role of chief information security officers by removing them from the CIO's office would undermine cybersecurity on federal networks. Many different cybersecurity bills have circulated in the House and Senate during the...

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From Nextgov.com: Detaching IT security officers would harm cybersecurity, CIOs warn

November 4, 2010 The chief information officers of three large federal agencies are warning that legislative proposals intended to strengthen the role of chief information security officers by removing them from the CIO's office would undermine cybersecurity on federal networks. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Issa: IGs, Public Will Get Data

November 3, 2010 On Election Night, California Republican Darrell Issa, the presumptive chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he intends to release more data about government operations and authorize federal inspectors general to do the same. "I'm going to make sure that the 74 primary inspectors general are able...

White House is set to unveil guidance on IT purchases

November 2, 2010 The White House is poised to announce changes to the way agencies buy about $80 billion in information technology annually. The guidance, which the Office of Management and Budget will release on Nov. 19, represents the culmination of four months of meetings with agency IT chiefs and a close examination...

White House proposes common security requirements for cloud computing

November 2, 2010 The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed a common set of security requirements for cloud computing that all federal agencies and contractors could share. The move is intended to expedite the transition to universal Web-based services by eliminating the need for agencies to assess and authorize every information technology product. During...

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From Nextgov.com: White House is set to unveil guidance on IT purchases

November 2, 2010 The White House is poised to announce changes to the way agencies buy about $80 billion in information technology annually. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

2014 Insurance Exchange Funding Now Available

November 1, 2010 The Obama administration on Friday announced funds for states to move ahead with online health insurance exchanges set to launch in 2014, despite uncertainty over whether opponents will strike down the healthcare law mandating such e-marketplaces before then. The exchanges, akin to online travel sites, are intended to help people...

Obama advances nanotechnology for agencies, industry

November 1, 2010 The White House on Monday detailed a $1.76 billion program for 2011 and beyond, with additional funding, to reinvent industry with minuscule semiconductors, tiny medical implants and other nanoscale materials. The implications of the National Nanotechnology Initiative draft strategic plan for information technology range from threat-detection sensors for the Defense...