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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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Interoperability Deadline Looms

September 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and the Veterans Affairs departments are supposed to achieve full interoperability of their electronic health record systems come Wednesday. The meshing of the systems was mandated by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. I hear the joint Defense/VA interagency program office is working right up to the deadline. ...

The JTAC Diet

September 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want a really interesting job guaranteed to keep you slim? Army Gen. David Petraeus, chief of the U.S. Central Command, said in a speech at the National Press Club yesterday that he faces a big shortage of joint tactical air controllers who call in air strikes for ground units. JTACs ...

New refueling jets to be fully loaded with high-tech equipment

September 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After three attempts to replace its aging refueling tankers, the Air Force kicked off a new contract on Friday, calling for a fleet of 179 carriers that will have sophisticated Internet-based communications on board. The service's draft request for proposals for the $35 billion tanker program includes 373 requirements, including ...

VA to issue emergency payments to vets for education benefits

September 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki authorized on Friday emergency payments of up to $3,000 to student veterans who have not received a payment this semester under the post-9/11 GI bill. Students attending school under the bill are worried that VA will not send them their housing and living allowance ...

The Tip of the 9/11 GI Bill Iceberg

September 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top officials of the Veterans Affairs Department revised the figures they put out yesterday on payments the agency has made to veterans under the post-9/11 GI bill, and said that as of today, only 24,186 vets have received checks -- or roughly 12 percent of the 200,000 claims it expected ...

A Paging System In a Library?

September 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Remember when libraries were cathedrals of quiet, a bygone era when even a whispered conversation resulted in a stern look from a no-nonsense librarian? Today, libraries are just another place subject to a cacophonous buzz, from the clicking of 12 year olds texting like mad on their phones to their ...

VA says it has processed less than half of GI bill education benefits

September 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Steve Buyer said the VA should have asked Congress for additional resources.Scott J. Ferrell/CQ/Newscom The Veterans Affairs Department said on Wednesday that it has processed less than half of the pending education benefits claims under the post 9/11 GI bill, and veteran groups expressed serious concerns students will not ...

A Warm Farewell to Rob Kolodner

September 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After 31 years of service, Dr. Rob Kolodner, National Health IT coordinator from 2006 until this year -- and before that a 28 year stint at the Veterans Affairs Department capped by a tour as chief health informatics officer in Veterans Health Administration -- retires from the federal nest today. ...

U.S. lags the world's top adopters of electronic health records systems

September 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States is far behind countries that lead the world in using electronic health records, and the nation should borrow some of their policies to increase the adoption rate of e-health records here, according to a report a technology advocacy group released on Wednesday. In its report, the nonpartisan ...

Hospital Exec Tapped for VA Health Job?

September 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Well-informed folks have told me that William Schoenhard, who until this August served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Louis-based SSN Health Care has the inside track as the new head of the Veterans Health Administration. Schoenhard is not a doctor, but he has extensive experience ...