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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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Defense comptroller leaves for industry job

October 2, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department's top financial official stepped down last week for a job in private industry, after more than four years in the position. Comment on this article in The Forum.Defense comptroller Tina Jonas' last day was Sept. 26, said Cmdr. Darryn James, a Pentagon spokesman. She started her new ...

From Nextgov.com: ODNI: Trade-off information security for good intel

September 30, 2008 The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a directive on Tuesday that recommends managers of information technology systems accept a lower level of security if it provides the United States with better intelligence. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

ODNI: Trade-off information security for good intel

September 30, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a directive on Tuesday that recommends managers of information technology systems accept a lower level of security if it provides the United States with better intelligence. Comment on this article in The Forum.Intelligence Community Directive 503, signed by Director of National ...

What's Brewin: The AHLTA Syndrome

September 29, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top docs and field clinicians appear to agree on a diagnosis for the Military Health System's electronic records setup: the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application has a long way to go before it wins any prizes. But arriving at a cure might be a bit more problematic. Comment on ...

Heavy interest in bailout bill slows House Web sites

September 29, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intense public interest in the bill outlining the bailout of the nation's financial industry overwhelmed the House of Representatives computer and Internet systems on Monday, making it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to access certain Web sites. Comment on this article in The Forum.Users trying to access some House sites found ...

Office to oversee sharing military health records behind schedule

September 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The creation of a joint program office to oversee sharing of electronic health records between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments might not meet a congressionally mandated deadline to begin exchanging records by September 2009, according to the Government Accountability Office. Comment on this article in The Forum.Valerie Melvin, director ...

Congressional panels blast oversight of Navy network project

September 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a statement accompanying the final version of the fiscal 2009 Defense authorization bill, the Senate and House Armed Services committees sharply criticized the Defense Department for lack of planning and poor oversight of a computer network that will serve Navy and Marine Corps personnel worldwide. Comment on this article ...

Keeping Track

September 24, 2008 Federal agencies have deployed radio frequency identification technology to manage their assets, tracking everything from seagoing containers to paper medical files, and even to determine how fast a letter moves through the international postal system. RFID technology uses readers that beam a radio signal to gather information from data tags, ...

Defense to re-engineer electronic health record system

September 24, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department has laid the groundwork for a radical shift in the way it processes and stores soldiers' and veterans' electronic health records, planning to re-engineer a network it spent $6 billion and eight years developing in-house for one based on industry standards, commercial software and re-use of existing ...

Defense health record database growing too big

September 24, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Defense Department database of electronic health records is growing so fast that it is showing signs of collapsing under its own weight, prompting information technology managers to consider dividing the storage load among regional data centers, Military Health System officials told Nextgov. Comment on this article in The Forum.The ...