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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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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 ...

Defense's 'top doc' and e-record proponent makes his last rounds

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow View slideshow of Dr. S. Ward Casscells making his final rounds. 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 ...

Honorary Pest?

April 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday night, as I watched more than a squad of high-ranking folks called to the stage for induction into the Military Health Systems Honors Society, which was held during the farewell dinner for S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Arlington, ...

Big-Time Broadband For Afghan

April 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama plans to send 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan this year, boosting total U.S. forces in that country to more than 40,000. Other NATO countries, primarily the United Kingdom, have sent about another 20,000 troops. All those troops -- and their gadgets and gizmos, including bandwidth hungry unmanned ...

Fighting Swine Flu Online

April 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department declared a public health emergency on Sunday due to a limited outbreak of swine flu in California, Kansas, Ohio, Texas and New York, as well as Canada and New Mexico. Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Homeland Security Department, said at a White House Press ...