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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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FDA seeks budget increase for food, medical product inspections

February 4, 2008 The Food and Drug Administration has asked in its fiscal 2009 budget request for a multimillion-dollar increase to improve its food inspection and medical product approval process. FDA asked for a $42.2 million increase in its 2009 food supply protection budget, which will allow it to hire an 94 more ...

VA urged to use advanced technology to cut backlog of benefit claims

January 30, 2008 Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence could help the Veterans Affairs Department reduce a backlog of disability claims that has spiked past 1 million, according to computer experts and veterans advocates. The Veterans Benefits Administration, which processes the claims, has a backlog of 650,000 pending claims and another 147,000 that ...

Air Force employee celebrates 60 years of federal service

January 29, 2008 When Bettye Krieter started her federal government career in 1948, it cost 3 cents to mail a first-class letter and she worked on a Royal typewriter. Today it costs 41 cents to mail a first-class letter and typewriters are viewed as museum pieces. But one thing has not changed in ...

FDA panel cites shortfalls in technology, staffing

January 29, 2008 The Food and Drug Administration faces shortfalls in staffing and information technology, which have resulted "in a plethora of inadequacies that threaten our society," according to a report by the agency's Science Board. The board also concluded that "an information crisis is putting the FDA's mission at risk." The report ...

NOAA names new National Hurricane Center director

January 28, 2008 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has named Bill Read director of its Tropical Prediction Center, which includes the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The post has been vacant since NOAA removed the previous director, Bill Proenza, last summer. Read has served as the center's acting deputy director since August ...

Genome project to require Google-like computing power

January 24, 2008 An ambitious project with the goal of producing a more detailed understanding of the link between genetic variations and susceptibility to disease will require an unprecedented amount of computing power and terabytes of data storage, according to the leaders of the project. The 1,000 Genomes Project, announced earlier this week ...

NOAA chief slams contractors for satellite delays

January 24, 2008 The head of the nation's lead climatic research agency sharply criticized Northrop Grumman and Raytheon for delays in fixing problems with a key weather sensor planned for use on a satellite system that monitors worldwide environmental conditions. Conrad Lautenbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and undersecretary of ...

Harris Hires Former Defense CMIO

January 22, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Harris Corp. said it has tapped Dr. Bart Brad Harmon, who recently retired as chief medical information officer of the Military Health System (MHS), to serve as chief medical officer of the company’s new Healthcare Solutions unit. Harris said its new Healthcare Solutions division will support commercial and military care ...

Air Force working on cheaper plug-and-play satellites

January 22, 2008 Satellites represent an extremely impressive technological achievement, serving as communications relays in orbits as high as 22,600 miles above the Earth or providing precise location information to handheld Global Positioning System receivers priced at as little as $100. At the same time, satellite development and manufacturing seems stuck in the ...

State, DHS grant RFID contracts to speed border crossings

January 17, 2008 The State and Homeland Security departments this week awarded more than $160 million in contracts for electronic identifying systems using radio frequencies that are designed to speed up border crossings. The State Department awarded General Dynamics Information Technology a five-year $99.3 million contract for a radio frequency identification passport card ...