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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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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...

Open source online intelligence mining still in infancy, official says

December 16, 2010 The arm of the CIA that combs the Internet and other public sources for unclassified but insightful intelligence is still in its infancy, its director acknowledges, five years after the Bush administration created the agency to overcome analytical limitations that in 2003 helped bring on the Iraq War. After President...

DHS chief says cybersecurity is a civilian problem, not a war

December 16, 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday asserted cybersecurity is a civilian domain, not a military battlefield or private sector jurisdiction, as some critics of federal cyber policy have argued. "Some categorize the challenge as one for the market, or a looming war," she said at a forum hosted by...

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From Nextgov.com: DHS chief says cybersecurity is a civilian -- not military -- problem

December 16, 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday asserted cybersecurity is a civilian domain, not a military battlefield or private sector jurisdiction, as some critics of federal cyber policy have argued. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

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VA to institute Medicare-based fees for certain services

December 16, 2010 The Veterans Affairs Department is instituting standard fees based on Medicare rates for certain medical services performed at non-VA facilities to gain greater price consistency. But the change may restrict access to care for some retired military members with kidney problems, according to some members of the Senate Veterans Affairs...

Effort to shore up Census count stalls in House

December 15, 2010 The House on Tuesday night rejected Senate-passed legislation aimed at ensuring a more accurate population count partly by letting Americans respond to the 2020 Census questionnaire online. Earlier in the day, federal auditors released three reports reiterating the need for managerial changes to fix problems that occurred during the 2010...

Passing of Holbrooke, Rise of WikiLeaks

December 14, 2010 Richard Holbrooke led closed-door negotiations during the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement to end the Bosnian War, but his passing on Monday night was nearly overshadowed by WikiLeaks' effort to end such discretion, notes scholar Michael Fullilove, who spoke with the former State assistant secretary this year for a forthcoming book...

Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

December 13, 2010 Denial-of-service attacks in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks incident show the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing, say several cybersecurity specialists. The online infrastructures underpinning WikiLeaks and the cloud -- where the White House wants to move government information technology systems -- depend on third-parties to stay...

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From Nextgov.com: Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

December 13, 2010 Denial-of-service attacks in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks incident show the vulnerabilities agencies face as they shift to cloud computing, say several cybersecurity specialists. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Postal Service names new chief information officer

December 10, 2010 The new postmaster general has replaced the agency's chief information officer, Ross Philo, with Ellis Burgoyne, a former mail delivery manager, as part of an effort to boost profits and expedite shipments. The switch is one of several managerial changes that Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced on Wednesday, including...