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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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Labor union blasts FAA's new navigation approach

October 17, 2007 A labor union that represents Federal Aviation Administration workers is criticizing a contract the agency recently awarded for a satellite-based navigation program, claiming that the approach may impair aviation safety. Tom Brantley, president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists, said in written testimony that the contract to implement the Automatic...

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Internet-based system for federal documents previewed

October 15, 2007 Congressional administrative offices, librarians and select federal employees recently were given a glimpse of the government's first Internet-based system for collecting, distributing and preserving content from all three branches of government. The Future Digital System, or FDSys, will replace the GPO Access Web site and other Government Printing Office operations...

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NASA’s role revisited at 50-year mark

October 2, 2007 In honor of NASA's 50th birthday this month, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin recently gave a lecture on the "space economy," a term for the role that extraterrestrial exploration plays in the global economy. Ironically, some observers say NASA isn't meeting the term's potential worth. "The focus of space exploration today...

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Satisfaction with agency Web sites remains on plateau

September 18, 2007 Federal Web sites essentially are treading water in their attempts to keep pace with private-sector portals, according to one expert who analyzed new e-government data. Due to bureaucracy and budgets, there is no one specific element in federal online performance that has made great strides, said Larry Freed, president and...

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EPA mapping work aims for more readable data

September 14, 2007 The Environmental Protection Agency, currently confronting criticism for withholding information from the public, says its data will be more readable and interactive when available through Microsoft's Virtual Earth 3-D service within the next six weeks. "The performance of our servers for hosting visualization tools has always been lacking," acknowledged Pat...

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Post-Katrina tech funds prove difficult to track

September 13, 2007 Two years after Hurricane Katrina ransacked New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, there has been little analysis of the reconstruction dollars spent on information technology systems, government watchdog groups say. What is known is that billions of taxpayer dollars were dispensed through contracts that experienced significant overcharges,...

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Procurement agency to take telework lead

September 12, 2007 Managers at the General Services Administration, the government's buying arm, must get 50 percent of their eligible employees to telework by the end of 2010, GSA Administrator Lurita Doan announced Wednesday. She said the most difficult part of the operational overhaul will be convincing managers to embrace a "covenant of...

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NASA researchers balk at background checks

September 4, 2007 Several lawmakers have voiced displeasure to senior Bush administration officials about a new policy on background checks that has prompted nearly 30 scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to sue NASA. The employees, all of whom work for the California Institute of Technology, risk losing their jobs if they fail...

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HHS secretary pushes new health IT advisory panel

August 17, 2007 Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt said Friday that the government's existing advisory body on health information technology needs to be replaced with an entity that acts more like a corporate democracy than a political democracy. Amid controversy over an HHS proposal to privatize the American Health Information Community,...

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Imaging program to offer natural resources snapshot

August 16, 2007 The White House has announced a plan for a long-term land-imaging program that would strengthen the country's leadership in moderate-resolution, satellite-based imagery. Unlike defense-oriented high-resolution imagery, it is adept at monitoring the world's natural resources. A global record of such land-imaging is important for managing territorial possessions and agricultural resources,...