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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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NSA, Margaret Mead and Green

April 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you think about organizations celebrating Earth Day - today, April 22 - the National Security Agency does not immediately come to mind. But, the NSA, indeed, has embraced Earth Day in a big way on the home page of its Web site, including a quote from a speech on...

The Long Road to Acquisition Reform

April 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 1994 then Sen. William Cohen released a report titled "Computer Chaos: Billions Wasted Buying Federal Computer Systems." The report resonates even today with the release this month of a Defense Science Board report calling for the Defense Department to reform its information technology acquisition practices. In 1994, Cohen wrote...

Smaller, quicker IT development needed for Defense systems

April 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department should develop information technology systems in multiple bite-sized chunks that it can deploy in 18 months, rather than by today's process, which takes years to develop systems that require millions of lines of software code, the Defense Science Board concluded in a report released this month. "The...

IG On VA/SPAWAR Contract Mess

April 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I have picked up some pretty good intelligence that the VA inspector general has just finished a report detailing mismanagement of contracts that the department's IT shop farmed out to the Space and Naval Systems Center. That report, I'm told, was sent to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki late last week...

Update: VA Patient Scheduling Debacle

April 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department plans to conduct a "rigorous four moth review of potential options" for its long delayed $167 million patient scheduling system, which crashed last month, a VA press secretary told me. This review will include a "complete assessment of advanced technologies," he said, and I guess an...

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...

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