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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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From Nextgov.com: Breach notification rule would affect more health vendors

April 20, 2009 Rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission on April 16 on disclosure of breaches of personal health information would greatly expand the number of companies that would be subject to notifying individuals if their personal health data was exposed because records were lost or stolen, or because a hacker broke ...

Proposed breach notification rule would affect more health vendors

April 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission on April 16 on disclosure of breaches of personal health information would greatly expand the number of companies that would be subject to notifying individuals if their personal health data was exposed because records were lost or stolen, or because a hacker broke ...

Demonizing Veterans, DHS' Deja vu

April 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In July 1975, I wrote an article for TV Guide that started: I am a Vietnam veteran, and if I acted according to what I have seen on television in the last six months or so, I should probably be harboring extreme psychopathic tendencies that prompt me to shoot up ...

Military doctors blast new system to track wounded soldiers in Iraq

April 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top military physician in Iraq blasted the capability and responsiveness of a new system that tracks wounded soldiers who are flown to hospitals in Germany and then to the United States, according to internal e-mails obtained by Nextgov. The e-mails also revealed an ongoing dispute between medical personnel in ...

Gulf War Vet for Top VA Health Post?

April 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up strong signals that the Obama administration may tap Dr. Stephen Ondra, professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, as the new under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration. Ondra did his residency at the Walter Reed Army ...

From Nextgov.com: Veterans Affairs begins evaluating bids for $150 million imaging contract

April 16, 2009 The Veterans Benefits Administration, which has stored tens of millions of pages in veteran's files, closed a fast-track procurement on Wednesday that will digitize the paper forms to improve the way it processes and manages benefits. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Veterans Affairs begins evaluating bids for $150 million imaging contract

April 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration, which has stored tens of millions of pages in veteran's files, closed a fast-track procurement on Wednesday that will digitize the paper forms to improve the way it processes and manages benefits. The contract is part of a push by Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Veterans ...

No Worries About Chinese Hackers

April 15, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the intelligence community has uncovered evidence of Chinese penetration of U.S. banking networks, Joel Brenner, national counterintelligence executive, said he's not worried "that the Chinese government wants to bring down our banking system." Why not? The answer is simple, he said in a transcript of an April 3 speech ...

No More 'Off the Cuff' Budgets

April 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Households and businesses run on rigorous budgets, but the Defense Department doesn't. During the past six years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the department follows what he described on Monday as an "off the cuff" budget approach to fund essential stuff such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, mine-resistant vehicles ...

Defense, VA should convert old code to build new record system

April 14, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two software companies claim the Defense and Veteran Affairs departments could spend a fraction of the billions of dollars they say they need to develop an electronic health records system from scratch if they converted old software to new open-source code. As a way to answer President Obama's call last ...