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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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Congress funds Defense acquisition reforms in fiscal 2010 budget

April 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House and Senate passed a $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 federal budget on Thursday, in which they called for major acquisition reforms to rein in Defense Department spending and a $500 million fund to bolster the acquisition workforce. Both chambers endorsed the Obama administration's effort to make acquisition reform a ...

Qwest Network Up for Grabs?

April 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Qwest wants to sell its long-distance network, which the company uses to carry traffic for its traffic for the General Services Administration's Networx contract and for the Defense Department. The Journal reported that Qwest, which has a debt load of $14 billion, ...

From Nextgov.com: Eight years in the making, VA patient scheduling system founders

April 2, 2009 Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Eric Shinseki launched a review of the department's information technology programs on March 23, focusing on the $167 million patient scheduling program, which has failed to deliver a usable system after eight years in development, NextGov has learned. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Eight years in the making, VA patient scheduling system founders

April 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Eric Shinseki launched a review of the department's information technology programs on March 23, focusing on the $167 million patient scheduling program, which has failed to deliver a usable system after eight years in development, NextGov has learned. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., chairman of the House ...

Nuke Simulation on the 'Net?

April 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because the United Sates no longer sets off nuclear bombs to test their powers (it's not environmentally green at all), the National Nuclear Security Administration uses supercomputers at its national laboratories to simulate a really big bang. This is one of the most highly classified activities in the country, but ...

VA IT Problems: How Many More?

March 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I reported today on the suspension of a botched, eight-year effort to develop a new patient appointment scheduling application at the Veterans Affairs Department, and I have a hunch that is just one of potentially many VA IT projects in real trouble. That hunch is based on the last page ...

VA program to schedule patient appointments on verge of collapse

March 31, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An eight-year-old, $167 million project to develop a core computer application to schedule patient appointments at hospitals run by the Veterans Affairs Department has all but collapsed, and senior executives are worried about the repercussions it could cause on the Hill and in the White House, according to an internal ...

The Army Got It Right

March 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. - Reporters are known as cynics and cranks (that's what my friends in the public affairs shops in the Pentagon tell me) so I'm going to run against the trend. The folks from the White Sands Missile Range, the New Mexico National Guard and the ...

In New Mexico desert, marchers honor Bataan survivors

March 30, 2009 White Sands Missile Range, N.M. -- More than 5,300 military marchers from all 50 states and eight countries turned out here Sunday for the 29th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The event honors the 70,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war who were captured by the Japanese Army in World ...

One Tough Hike for Bataan

March 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm headed down to the White Sands Missile Range this weekend for the annual Bataan Memorial Death March, which commemorates the 1942 event in the Philippines when 10,000 U.S. and Filipino troops were literally marched to death by the Japanese Army en route to Prisoner of War camps. Another 10,000 ...