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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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Nicely Assumes CIO Duties At ODNI

February 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Sherrill Nicely, deputy chief information officer, has assumed the role of acting CIO while Patrick Gorman, the acting CIO, is on leave. ODNI did not say why Gorman was on leave or for how long. Gorman has served as acting CIO ...

VA to start processing vets' educational benefits in March

February 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials with the Veterans Affairs Department told a House panel on Thursday that they have developed a computer application and hired more staff to process claims under the new GI Bill but will not have a working computer system to manage the entire workload automatically until December 2010. Congress passed ...

The March of the Botnets

February 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, provided a grim statistic in his testimony on Wednesday at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He said 15 percent of all networked computers in the world are in botnets, computers hijacked and remotely controlled to deliver spam or launch ...

Billions for health records rest on NIST standards

February 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health care information professionals say the success of the economic stimulus package's $19 billion investment in electronic health records rides on the development of technology standards. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gives that job to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST will receive $20 million to ...

Oh, AHLTA is a Proper Noun

February 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week I referred to AHLTA, the Defense Department's electronic health record system, as an acronym that stood for Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application system. It did when AHLTA was introduced in 2005. But, comments on the post have shown me the error of my ways. These comments cited ...

Mullen's Thumb Drive Road Show

February 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, seems to be using trips to bases nationwide to reinforce his view on thumb drives and removable media. In the process, he is dribbling out piecemeal information about the reasons for the ban that the Defense Department previously did not ...

Tax-Free Computers For College Students

February 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Buried deep in conference report for the The 2009 American Recovery and Investment Act, is a goody for anyone attending college this year or next -- a tax write off for computer purchases. Section 1005 of the bill, found on page 526 of the Conference Report, allows a full tax ...

A New VistA for AHLTA, Redux

February 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up strong and high level signals that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki plans to push the Defense Department to use the VA's Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture (VistA) electronic health record system instead of the Military Health Systems Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) system. ...

Official says Defense can save millions with in-house satellites

February 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department could save a total of $600 million from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2016 by shifting much of the traffic currently handled by commercial communications satellite operators to Wideband Global System satellites, a top Pentagon official told Nextgov. Commercial satellite operators disagreed, and said they can provide capacity ...

Casting the 'Net for a Replacement

February 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, has used the Military Health Systems Web site both as a bully pulpit and a two-way communications tool with corpsmen, medics, doctors and nurses worldwide since he took the job April 2007. Now, Casscells is using the site to ...