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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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DISA Seeks Deal on Mobile Apps

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency announced it would like a discount on its future purchases of mobile applications, as it kicked off the process to evaluate next-generation smartphones and tablet computers. DISA’s Mobility Project Office asked vendors last Friday to provide it with information needed to evolve its mobile application ...

Vets Shortchanged on PTSD Treatment By Staff Shortages

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over half of the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking treatment for PTSD from the Veterans Affairs Department end up with the recommended course of psychotherapy, the Institute of Medicine reported in a PTSD study released today. In 2013, the IOM report said, a shortage in mental health staffers led ...

IOM Report: Defense/VA Have No Clue if $9.3 Billion Worth of PTSD Treatment Works

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments spent $9.3 billion to treat post-traumatic stress disorder from 2010 through 2012, but neither knows whether this staggering sum resulted in effective or adequate care, the Institute of Medicine reported today. DOD spent $789.1 million on PTSD treatment from 2010 through 2012. During that ...

FCC Is Holding a GPS Workshop Friday

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following record fines against a Chinese manufacturer of GPS jammers Thursday, the FCC plans a workshop Friday on GPS receiver protection and performance. The event will also examine importance of GPS to critical infrastructure and public safety users and will be webcast live on the FCC webpage starting at 9 ...

FCC Hits Chinese GPS Jammer Vendor With Record $34.9 Million Fine

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FCC slammed a Chinese GPS jammer vendor Thursday with a $34.9 million fine, the largest in history, following reports earlier this month to a high level GPS advisory group that starkly illustrates the jammer problem: Every three or four trucks tracked at the Portland International Airport in Oregon emitted ...

Intel Folks Want to Mimic Brain Circuits

June 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency wants “to create a new generation of machine-learning algorithms derived from high-fidelity representations of cortical microcircuits to achieve human-like performance on complex information processing tasks” under a project dubbed Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks or MICrONS. I guess the NSA needs some beefed-up algorithms ...

VA Expects Award of New Patient-Scheduling Contract by September

June 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top Veterans Affairs Department officials anticipate VA will award a contract for a new patient-scheduling system by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, but procurement documents show a lengthy transition process from the old to new system. Stephen Warren, VA chief information officer, on June 10 told a ...

Air Force Looks to Ditch Lockheed After GPS Satellite Delays

June 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Faced with delays in delivery of next-generation GPS III satellites by Lockheed Martin, the Air Force has asked other vendors for proposals – due Friday – to develop and build up to 22 satellites. The GPS III satellites will provide new and more secure signals for military users and new ...

Federal Incentive Payments for EHRs to Doctors and Hospitals Edge $24 Billion

June 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid out the equivalent of the gross national product of Costa Rica -- $23.7 billion -- to hospitals and medical professionals from 2011 through April 2014 to adopt electronic health records. Despite this whopping federal investment in EHRs, the JASON advisory group, which ...

Former VA Health Chief Kizer Wants Secretary Job

June 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. Ken Kizer, who served as undersecretary of health at the Veterans Affairs Department from 1994 to 1999, is seriously interested in the potential of the VA secretary job. “I care a great deal about the VA, and I do think I could help the organization mend,” he says. Kizer, ...