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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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Are VA and Defense Chopped Liver?

August 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That's the assumption I made after viewing today's meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which had an in-depth discussion on President Obama's national health IT plan. Somehow they ignored electronic health record systems that cover 9.2 million patients in the Defense Department and another 6.1 ...

From Nextgov.com: Google, Microsoft executives criticize Obama's e-health records plan

August 6, 2009 Top executives at Google and Microsoft sharply questioned the structure of the Obama administration's $20 billion health information technology plan at a meeting of a presidential technology council on Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Google, Microsoft executives criticize Obama's e-health records plan

August 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google CEO Eric Schmidt says patients should have access to their records in a national health network.Newscom Top executives at Google and Microsoft sharply questioned the structure of the Obama administration's $20 billion health information technology plan at a meeting of a presidential technology council on Thursday. Eric Schmidt, chairman ...

Defense hands over commercial satellite procurement to GSA

August 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration will manage the purchase of $5 billion worth of commercial satellite services during the next 10 years for all federal agencies, including the Defense Department, under an agreement announced on Thursday. According to the pact between the agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency, GSA will ...

Another Stolen Laptop

August 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Laptops containing personnel information from departments like Veterans Affairs and Education keep going on unauthorized walks. Now it's the National Guard Bureau's turn, which alerted soldiers on Wednesday of a stolen laptop. Ray Noller, a spokesman for the bureau, the Pentagon outfit that oversees the Army and Air Force national ...

Head of Joint Chiefs bucks social media ban in a Tweet

August 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Marine Corps banned the use of social networking sites on Tuesday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a budding Tweeter, strongly backed the use of the social networking site in a message he posted on Twitter. "Obviously we need to find right balance between security and ...

A Social Network Happy Medium

August 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, commander of Air Force North, which is responsible for defending U.S. airspace, thinks a common sense approach to using social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube can assure security that will allow service members to continue relying on the communications tools. Morrow wrote ...

From Nextgov.com: HHS names Parks as chief technology officer

August 4, 2009 The Health and Human Services Department has tapped the co-founder of a company that sells management software for doctors to serve as chief technology officer. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

HHS names Parks as chief technology officer

August 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department has tapped the co-founder of a company that sells management software for doctors to serve as chief technology officer. Todd Park, chief development officer for Athenahealth, has been named CTO of Health and Human Services. "My entire professional career has focused on developing technologies ...

McCain: Investigate MHS Contract

August 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., read my entire story on the earmarks Adara Networks had received from Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., for work on Military Health System information technology projects. He then called on the Senate floor for a full investigation of those contracts, something the Defense Department inspector general ...