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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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Webs, blogs for DISA Buys?

February 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, Lisa Schlosser, director of the Office of Information Collection at the Environmental Protection Agency, told me that she thought blogs and wikis would be a good way to increase participation in the regulatory process, meeting President Obama's call for the use of technology to boost openness in government. ...

Pollett: Field Commanders First

February 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Army Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency since last month, did not make the Jan. 30 AFCEA Washington gabfest, but Tony Montemarano, the agency's component acquisition executive, telegraphed Pollett's priorities. Pollett, Montemarano said, has made "getting capabilities to operational commanders in the field" his ...

Daschle received speaking fees from groups opposing patient privacy

February 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, received speaking fees last year from two organizations that are aligned with health industry groups that opposed strong patient privacy protections in the health care section of the stimulus bill passed by the House last week ...

From Nexgov.com: Daschle received speaking fees from groups opposing patient privacy

February 2, 2009 Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, received speaking fees last year from two organizations that are aligned with health industry groups that opposed strong patient privacy protections in the health care section of the stimulus bill passed by the House last week ...

Silver Oak Leaves for Schlosser

January 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lisa Schlosser, who runs the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Information Collection and a former chief information officer for the Housing and Urban Development Department, also serves as a reservist with the Amy's 1st Information Operations outfit at Ft. Belvoir, Va. She told she is up for promotion to lieutenant ...

DISA Steps Up for DKO

January 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to dig into its pocketbook to ensure funding for the Defense Knowledge Online portal for fiscal 2010. A DISA spokesman told me that the agency plans to pony up funds to support 500,000 DKO users from 2010 through 2015. Since there are roughly 3 ...

Defense launches online software development site

January 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency launched a Defense Department Web site on Jan. 23 that programmers already have used to collaborate online for developing open-source software, delivering its first software package this week, DISA's chief technology officer said on Friday. The collaborative open source software development site, called Forge.mil (although ...

The GI Bill Countdown Is On

January 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yesterday I interviewed Stephen Warren, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Veterans Affair's Office of Information and Technology and acting chief information officer. He showed me that he has a handy tool that reminds him exactly how much he has left to get a system in place to process payments ...

Desperately Seeking an IPO Chief

January 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Note from Executive Editor Allan Holmes: Nextgov Editor at Large Bob Brewin, who writes the Defense IT What's Brewin' weekly column, will soon begin to post daily items in a new blog on Nextgov.com. You can still receive the What's Brewin' newsletter every Monday, which will include the previous week's ...

Desperately Seeking an IPO Chief

January 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office on Jan. 28 faulted the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments for failing to appoint a director of a joint Defense/VA Interagency Program Office to manage health information sharing between the two departments. That's not for lack of trying, the folks at the Military Heath System public ...