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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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White House launches open government initiative

May 21, 2009 The administration launched a long-awaited open government initiative on Thursday, which included facelifts to federal Web sites, and garnered encouraging reviews from government transparency activists. Details of the plan, which was first announced the day after President Obama took office, included three phases of public participation via cyberspace, e-mail and...

Information services firms see potential business in derivatives market reporting

May 21, 2009 Some information services companies are optimistic that recent proposals by the Treasury Department to increase transparency in risky derivatives markets will open up new business for them. Derivatives, financial contracts whose value is based on other underlying assets, are largely unregulated and have been blamed for contributing to the nation's...

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White House launches open government initiative

May 21, 2009 The administration launched a long-awaited open government initiative on Thursday, which included facelifts to federal Web sites, and garnered encouraging reviews from government transparency activists. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Obama Opens O-Government

May 20, 2009 The day that recommendations for a more open government are due to the president, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) plans to file a request for public input, prompting questions galore. Months ago, President Obama asked department heads to compile recommendations for an open government directive...

Congress and the CTO

May 19, 2009 Federal Chief Technology Officer nominee Aneesh Chopra garnered little attention from lawmakers examining his and other presidential appointments on Tuesday, raising the question: How important is the first-ever federal CTO? The only substantive question for Chopra came from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who asked about his plans for telemedicine, or...

Senators skim over open government during CTO confirmation hearing

May 19, 2009 Lawmakers seemed disinterested in President Obama's open government priorities during a Tuesday committee hearing to examine the nomination of Chief Technology Officer-designate Aneesh Chopra, among other commerce-related appointees. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where the first-ever CTO would serve as associate director, is expected to unveil...

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From Nextgov.com: Senators skim over open government during CTO confirmation hearing

May 19, 2009 Lawmakers seemed disinterested in President Obama's open government priorities during a Tuesday committee hearing to examine the nomination of Chief Technology Officer-designate Aneesh Chopra, among other commerce-related appointees. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Liability an issue with health care software

May 18, 2009 The Obama administration must ensure vendors are held accountable for faulty health care technology fielded as part of efforts to expand electronic medical records, some health informatics specialists say. "I think the intentions are good, but it's terribly misguided in that the hospitals and physician practices will be obliged to...

Activists: Open the Open Government

May 16, 2009 Open government groups say as early as Monday they plan to send the Obama administration a letter that asks the White House to "to open the Open Government Directive process" to the public. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra must submit recommendations for the forthcoming directive, which President Obama announced...

Debate continues over White House policy on email preservation

May 15, 2009 The Obama administration, Congress, the courts and open government advocates are quietly haggling over an alleged Bush-era secrecy practice of missing e-mails, but the issue could become more complicated for President Obama because of his administration's fervent embrace of electronic communications, open access lawyers said. Public interest groups in September...