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Bob Brewin

Editor at Large Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.
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Veterans Benefits Administration Gets New Communications Chief

4:29 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration signed on retired Army Brig. Gen. Lew Boone as its director of corporate communications last week. Based on his recent career history, Boone does not shirk from tough jobs. In his last military job, Boone served as director of the Army Disability Agency. Before that, he ...

VA CIO: Scheduling System Software Will Be Fielded by 2017, Not 2020

3:55 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to field a new, commercial patient scheduling system by 2017, not 2020 as it said in contract documents released Sept. 17, and reported by Nextgov last week. Stephen Warren, VA’s chief information officer, told Nextgov in an email a prominent, half-page chart in draft ...

No New VA Patient Schedule System Until 2020 (UPDATED)

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs said Sept. 30 it plans to field the scheduling system by 2017. See the new story here. The Department of Veterans Affairs will not install a new patient scheduling system to all of its 153 hospitals and 50,000 users until 2020, according to contract documents ...

IG: VA Overpays Some Temporary Disability Claims

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefit Administration improperly processed disability claims at its Chicago and Seattle regional offices, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in overpayments, the Department of Veterans reported this week. At the Chicago office, an inspector general’s review found VA staff incorrectly processed 35 of the 89 cases examined ...

The Navy Wants a Tactical Cloud

September 25, 2014 The Office of Naval Research wants to harness the power of cloud computing and bring big data fusion capabilities to the warfighting environment. Last month, the office kicked off a five-year, $12.3 million project for a Navy tactical cloud, a project which could be performed by up to six research ...

Joint Staff Dumps Oracle and PeopleSoft Planning Software for Open Source

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Joint Staff currently uses Oracle and PeopleSoft for strategic planning software through a contract managed by a division of the Naval Sea Systems Command. The Joint Staff runs the software on the Joint Organization Server and a server covering the Office of Secretary of Defense. NAVSEA said in a ...

Office of Naval Research Eyes Tactical Cloud

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Naval Research wants to harness the power of cloud computing and bring big data fusion capabilities to the warfighting environment. Last month, the office kicked off a five-year, $12.3 million project for a Navy tactical cloud, a project which could be performed by up to six research ...

DOD's Quest for Better Email Will Test Microsoft's Cloud

September 24, 2014 The Navy has decided to run a pilot of Microsoft cloud email for its reserve forces as an alternative to email on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet after determining it could save hundreds of millions of dollars over five years with the company. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center ...

Original VA Blogger Joins Nonprofit

September 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: The Mission Continues is headquartered in St. Louis not Washington, as originally reported. Alex Horton, an Army Iraq veteran and one of the original members of the blogging crew at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has joined The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that engages veterans in community-based project that ...

Navy to Ditch NMCI for Microsoft in Cloud Email Pilot

September 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy has decided to run a pilot of Microsoft cloud email for its reserve forces as an alternative to email on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet after determining it could save hundreds of millions of dollars over five years with the company. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center ...