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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 Explains Vonapp Delays (Sort Of)

May 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department told me on Tuesday that delays veterans experienced in accessing the Veterans OnLine Application (Vonapp) Web site on May 1 resulted in part from a 10-fold increase in traffic to the site that day, the first day veterans could apply for a benefits under the post-9/11 ...

How's That Front End Tool Workin'?

May 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefit Administration has a mess of tech problems on its hands with the near collapse of its Veterans OnLine Application and an inability to handle documents that vets have to attach to their applications. VBA was supposed to complete testing on Monday of a key piece of a ...

From Nextgov.com: VA benefits system continues to encounter processing problems

May 4, 2009 An online benefits application Web site that the Veterans Affairs Department launched on May 1 continued to encounter problems on Monday after coming to a near halt on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

VA benefits system continues to encounter processing problems

May 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An online benefits application Web site that the Veterans Affairs Department launched on May 1 continued to encounter problems on Monday after coming to a near halt on Friday. The department created the Veterans OnLine Application (Vonapp) site in response to the new GI bill, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance ...

An 'Open Enough' E-Health Record

May 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general, said he wants the Military Health System to develop an electronic health record that's "open enough" to exchange data with civilian clinicians who provide care to military personnel and their families under the Defense Department's TRICARE health insurance plan. Schoomaker, testifying before ...

From Nextgov.com: Veterans frustrated over inaccessible, slow online benefits system

May 1, 2009 Veterans nationwide, trying for the first time on Friday to log on to online forms to apply for a rich package of educational benefits, encountered a network that either failed or was extremely slow. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Veterans frustrated over inaccessible, slow online benefits system

May 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans nationwide, trying for the first time on Friday to log on to online forms to apply for a rich package of educational benefits, encountered a network that either failed or was extremely slow. The Veterans Affairs Department launched the Veterans Online Application (Vonapp) site to begin taking applications from ...

What Feds Need Masks?

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During a Thursday afternoon Web cast on the swine flu with top federal officials from the Health and Human and Services Department, the Homeland Security Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano received an e-mailed question from a Transportation Security Administration worker wondering about ...

The Swine Flu Web Talk Show

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has deployed all kinds of nifty Web tools to inform the public about the current outbreak of swine flu - which the Health and Human and Services Department now calls the H1N1 variant of influenza - including a Web cast this afternoon with top federal officials in ...

From Nextgov.com: Defense's 'top doc' and e-record proponent makes his last rounds

April 30, 2009 When Dr. S. Ward Casscells took over as assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in April 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him that his No. 1 priority was to fix the highly publicized problems that plagued Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including soldiers recuperating in dilapidated rooms and ...