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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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Open Health Data Ain't Free

September 14, 2010 A major medical association has released data on the performance of heart surgeons, in what bloggers are calling the "open health data movement," in reference to the Obama administration's open government initiative. The president's program involves releasing metrics detailing the inner workings of government via public websites. The Society of ...

Accountability starts with Networx transition, data center consolidation

September 14, 2010 The White House will begin this fall publicly grading agency chief information officers on their efforts to upgrade and consolidate information technology operations, Office of Management and Budget officials said on Tuesday. The move is part of a new accountability initiative President Obama announced to senior executives in the federal ...

Watch for Defense FAR Changes

September 13, 2010 A study by internal government watchdogs found Defense Department contracts are missing certain provisions for protecting confidential government data, an omission that may leave sensitive files vulnerable to disclosure or misuse by company employees. But the footnotes of the audit indicate that changes to the guidelines are expected this month. ...

GAO finds contractors have inappropriate access to private data

September 13, 2010 Federal watchdogs have found that current governmentwide contracting policies give vendors inappropriate access to sensitive government data, and they recommend the White House instruct agencies to require vendors to sign nondisclosure agreements. Nearly half the federal contracts the Government Accountability Office reviewed did not protect "all relevant types of sensitive ...

SSA awards $2.8 billion services support contract

September 13, 2010 The Social Security Administration has awarded a contract for information technology support potentially worth $2.8 billion to Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., federal contracting officers announced Monday afternoon. The agency designed the deal to be split among several vendors, with the expectation that competition ...

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From Nextgov.com: SSA awards $2.8 billion services support contract

September 13, 2010 The Social Security Administration has awarded a contract for information technology support potentially worth $2.8 billion to Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., federal contracting officers announced Monday afternoon. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Imagine Twitter on 9/11

September 10, 2010 Tweeting was not an option for witnesses, survivors or victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack at the Pentagon. If those individuals were able to log on to Twitter and instantly communicate their whereabouts to their social networks, what would have happened? Families and first responders may have had ...

NIST to help retrain NASA employees as cyber specialists

September 10, 2010 The top cybersecurity educator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is helping a public-private consortium to open a research institute that would retrain NASA contractors who will be laid off from the shuttle program as early as next month. Nearly 9,000 employees representing a total income of $600 ...

Air Traffic Upgrade to Boost Jobs

September 9, 2010 Some information technology contractors welcomed an announcement by President Obama on Wednesday that he proposes investing in infrastructure, such as advanced air traffic tech, as a way of stimulating the economy -- but expresses nervousness about how he intends to compensate for the cost. In Ohio, Obama said, "We want ...

Social Security data center project encounters delays

September 9, 2010 A stimulus project to replace an aging Social Security Administration data center is more than six months behind schedule due to a disagreement over where to locate the upgraded computer facility. Social Security turned to the General Services Administration in 2009 for locating and building the new center to store ...