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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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VA Gets Real, Suspends 45 IT Projects

July 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department on Friday said it halted development of 45 information technology projects that were behind schedule or over budget, with Secretary Eric Shinseki personally making the announcement. Shinseki, who promised to leverage technology to develop a 21st century VA during his confirmation hearing in January, said he ...

How Many Computer Centers?

July 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The answer to that question may be 13, the number of computer centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency and none run by the Army, Navy or Air Force. That's the take of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which chopped $75 million each from the computing budget of the ...

What is Defense-VA Interoperability?

July 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will achieve full interoperability of electronic health records by Sept. 30, Rear Admiral Gregory Timberlake, acting director of the Defense and VA interagency program office, told a House VA Committee hearing on Tuesday. Timberlake, testifying before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the ...

VA's Flexibility Over GI Bill Choices

July 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This month I cautioned veterans to carefully weigh benefits available under the new post 9/11 GI bill and the older Montgomery GI bill, even though the package of benefits under the new bill, in most cases, provides a better financial deal than the old one. But not always, as an ...

Infighting Tanks Yet Another Project

July 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Armed Services Committee directed the Defense Department to terminate a new command and control system modeled on commercial Web sites such as Travelocity due to unwillingness of the services to agree on a centrally managed system. The committee, in its report on the 2010 Defense Authorization Bill said ...

An IRS Approach for VA Claims?

July 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That appears to be the thinking of the folks on the House Appropriations Committee, who think the Veterans Affairs Department could model its disability and pension claims process on electronic tax filing systems. In its report on the fiscal 2010 VA spending bill, the committee said advances in technology may ...

From Nextgov.com: Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

July 10, 2009 The House and Senate Appropriations committees both approved a record $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010, but the Senate restricted obligation of $1.1 billion in development funds until the department's chief information officer completes a review of VA IT systems. Read the full ...

Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

July 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A review by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki (shown here) and CIO Roger Baker may shift funding for IT development.Susan Walsh/AP The House and Senate Appropriations committees both approved a record $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010, but the Senate restricted obligation of $1.1 ...

Elmo and the Brigadier General

July 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elmo, the fire engine red Sesame Street Muppet, will make a special guest appearance with Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, at a press conference in Philadelphia next week. She will unveil how Elmo and his pals ...

Cyberattacks identified as a modification of five-year-old virus

July 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Key Defense Department Web sites in South Korea remain unavailable as hackers continue their attacks against South Korean and U.S. government sites. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team identified the attacks, known as Distributed Denial of Service, as a modified version of the "My Doom" virus, which in 2004 infected ...