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Aliya Sternstein

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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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Public more satisfied with agencies that pursue transparency online, study says

July 28, 2009 Agencies can fulfill the president's vision of open government by posting large amounts of data online quickly and making it easy to find, a group that tracks the public's satisfaction with government Web sites reported on Tuesday. By boosting the "thoroughness and accessibility of information made available online," or what...

White House Confronts Cookies

July 27, 2009 The White House may lift its policy barring federal Web sites from tracking users' online behavior. A Federal Register notice published on Monday seeks public comment on revisions to an existing ban on persistent cookies -- common software programs that commercial sites deposit on a visitor's computer to collect usage...

White House mulls making NASA a center for federal cloud computing

July 24, 2009 NASA and the Obama administration's top technology officer are considering a NASA cloud computing prototype to test the president's plan for agencies to outsource information technology services to a shared platform. President Obama has called for slashing federal IT infrastructure costs by relying on cloud computing, a process where agencies...

Two federal groups follow different paths to transparency

July 23, 2009 Two government groups conducting significant national security reviews followed different procedures for collecting outside input, illustrating that agencies, even those working in the same policy area, are inconsistent in their approaches to transparency initiatives. An advisory board, on behalf of National Security Adviser James Jones, this summer sought public input...

Archives Strategizes for Gov 2.0

July 22, 2009 The National Archives and Records Administration is out with a draft 2009 strategic plan that lays down a marker for some ambitious changes, including expanded responsibility for e-records management -- and departmentwide telework. The strategy states: NARA must provide leadership and be more agile in adapting to change in information...

Transparency advocate: Fed Web sites have moral obligation

July 21, 2009 Government transparency carries a moral aspect that is embodied on government Web sites as links, or connections to other Web pages, according to David Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a former presidential campaign adviser. As opposed to viewing transparency in terms of...

Army morale chief to use Web tools to connect with soldiers, their families

July 21, 2009 The incoming head of a military division dedicated to supporting Army troops and their families plans to network through social media with soldiers' loved ones. "I'm going to be Tweeting [and] blogging to be able to connect externally as well as internally throughout the command," said Brig. Gen. Reuben Jones,...

Nixon Tape Transcripts 'Interpretations'

July 20, 2009 It likely is impossible to produce a perfect transcript of the infamous Nixon tapes because audio fidelity was not taken into consideration in designing the White House tape-recording system, reports Steven Aftergood, author of an e-newsletter and blog on government secrecy published by the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists. Aftergood...

Recovery Board Won't Fix Ham Goof

July 20, 2009 The independent board overseeing stimulus spending will not correct information on Recovery.gov that indicates the government is paying more than a million dollars for two pounds of frozen ham, a spokesman for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board said on Monday. The blogosphere and WTOP reporters over the weekend and...

40 years after moon landing, public unaware of NASA's tech contributions

July 17, 2009 On July 20, NASA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, but space enthusiasts and lawmakers are concerned that the public is unaware of the space agency's work and how its technological developments have improved everyday life. Many Americans think NASA's major contributions to technology include primarily...