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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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U.S. Time Capsule Opens, Online

December 27, 2010 The National Archives and Records Administration just opened a door to what the agency expects will become a sort of time capsule containing U.S. historical materials that future generations will be able to access irrespective of innovations in technology. A prototype of Online Public Access, which launched Monday, lets average...

Whistleblower Bill: Fire WikiLeaks Perps

December 22, 2010 A whistleblower protection bill for federal workers that stalled before Congress adjourned would have allowed defense intelligence employees to be fired for compromising national security, aka posting classified material on the anti-secrets website WikiLeaks. More precisely, unlike other federal personnel, they would not be protected against retaliation from certain high-ranking...

Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011

December 22, 2010 Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders. Details likely will emerge when Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the new vice chairman of the Armed...

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From Nextgov.com: Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011

December 22, 2010 Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

DHS to speed traveler identity verification

December 21, 2010 The Homeland Security Department plans to increase the speed of database searches that verify the identities of travelers entering the U.S. by land to finally enforce a June 2009 document requirement, according to an inspector general audit. The so-called Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative stipulates that citizens from the United States,...

Missing GPO laptops contained no sensitive data, agency says

December 21, 2010 The Government Printing Office maintains that no sensitive information was hacked as a result of the loss of 88 laptops that the agency's watchdog recently reported as missing, GPO officials said on Tuesday. A Dec. 6 inspector general audit had revealed the government's publisher could not locate the laptops, including...

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From Nextgov.com: Missing GPO laptops contained no sensitive data, agency says

December 21, 2010 The Government Printing Office maintains that no sensitive information was hacked as a result of the loss of 88 laptops that the agency's watchdog recently reported as missing, GPO officials said on Tuesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Broadcasting board seeks text-message services

December 20, 2010 The federal government is searching for vendors to provide cell phone messaging services for U.S.-funded news broadcasters inside closed societies, according to federal contracting officials. Such technology likely would rely on proxy mobile networks that could sustain communications when a repressive regime heightens surveillance of existing cell phone networks, or...

WikiLeaks Sought, Ignored Editorial Advice

December 17, 2010 In early 2007, the organizers of a new website called WikiLeaks invited Steven Aftergood, a Federation of American Scientists researcher who publishes a government secrecy e-newsletter, to serve on their advisory board. At the time, the site's founders described themselves as Chinese dissidents, mathematicians and startup company technologists in the...

White House issues policy on political interference with federal scientists

December 17, 2010 White House officials on Friday issued long-delayed guidance for federal agencies on protecting scientific research from political interference. The rules, which President Obama ordered the Office of Science and Technology Policy to produce by summer 2009, are the administration's response to years of allegations that agency appointees have forced researchers...