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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 to tie together mapping and data sites

May 28, 2010 The White House has contracted with a major developer of mapping software to merge a federal website that publishes geospatial information with Data.gov, the government's depot for downloadable data sets, the company's president said on Thursday. California-based ESRI began last summer tying Data.gov to Geodata.gov, the geospatial information gateway, said ...

It's Official: GSA Picks Contest App

May 27, 2010 The General Services Administration on Thursday officially announced that Web services firm ChallengePost will offer a free tool that lets agencies easily launch online contests, information that Nextgov reported last month. The April 30 Nextgov article stated: General Services Administration officials said . . . they are acquiring at no ...

Debate focuses on how to protect users' privacy if Web-tracking tools are allowed on federal sites

May 27, 2010 Some website performance consultants and civil liberties advocates are at odds over the best way to protect user privacy, should the White House decide to lift a decade-old ban on Web-tracking devices for federal sites. The Office of Management and Budget is still revising a 2000 policy that forbids such ...

With Oil Spill, DOI Quickly Hires CIO

May 26, 2010 The Interior Department, saddled with handling the Gulf Coast oil spill, on Wednesday quickly moved to appoint a new chief information officer, Bernard J. Mazer. He will replace Sanjeev Bhagowalia, who joined the General Services Administration on Monday. Mazer, currently the CIO of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service, will take ...

Google's Cookies, A .Gov Model?

May 25, 2010 Google set a precedent for the use of cookies - website tracking devices - that the White House should follow, some privacy advocates said, reacting to the news that the search giant will now allow site owners and users to opt out of its service that tracks traffic on websites. ...

Digital technology will speed search-and-rescue efforts

May 25, 2010 The government has found a way to switch from analog to digital satellite-based search and rescue, but it could take until 2020 for the system to be fully operational, federal officials said. The government's existing system - Search-and-Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) -- is nearly 30 years old and has relied ...

Internet isn't the agent of regime change some hoped for

May 25, 2010 For years, technologists have predicted the Internet would provide the masses with free speech that would challenge totalitarian regimes. But so far the Web has been a weak tool in the fight against censorship, technology experts said on Monday. One of the most commonly cited examples of how citizens have ...

Product safety commission to use crowd sourcing

May 24, 2010 Deaths caused by some childhood products and toys prompted Congress to call for the website.U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Federal regulators proposed on Monday creating a website that will make product safety information almost immediately available, searchable and downloadable so consumers will become aware of possible hazards more quickly. Data ...

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From Nextgov.com: Product safety commission to use crowd sourcing

May 24, 2010 Federal regulators proposed on Monday creating a website that will make product safety information almost immediately available, searchable and downloadable so consumers will become aware of possible hazards more quickly. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Transparency effort will not end with Data.gov makeover

May 21, 2010 The White House on Friday unveiled a more interactive version of its online catalog of federal statistics in celebration of the first-ever effort to open government operations to analysis. But observers noted the Obama administration still has its work cut out for it. One year after launching Data.gov, White House ...