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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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Federal ID card standards draw harsh criticism

May 9, 2007 Standards proposed by the Homeland Security Department for secure drivers licenses and identification cards issued by all 50 states are drawing fire from state officials. The regulations, mandated by the 2005 Real ID Act, could end up posing a threat to personal and national security, said the American Association of...

Level 3 to Test Verizon’s WITS

May 8, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration received bids late last month to provide voice and data services to federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area (the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and much of Maryland). The $1.8 billion Washington Interagency Telecommunications System-3 (WITS-3) contract seems like a slam dunk for incumbent Verizon,...

No date yet for full e-records exchange between VA, Defense

May 8, 2007 Neither the Defense nor the Veterans Affairs departments have set a date for deploying modernized electronic health record systems that would ensure seamless data interchange between the two agencies, a Government Accountability Office official said Tuesday. Valerie Melvin, GAO's director of human capital management, told a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee...

Even the President Gets Hooked on Broadband

May 7, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once you have broadband, you never want to go back, which is presumably why the Air Force Air Mobility Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are looking for commercial satellite communication firms to continue to provide high-speed Internet service on the fly to Air Force One and the other...

State to Foreign Visitors: Gimme 10

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department today issued its final rule requiring anyone applying for a U.S. visa to provide 10 electronically scanned fingerprints instead of the two it previously required. The State Department began last month delivering the fingerprint scan systems to all visa issuing posts and expects to complete roll out...

Forget Golf in Phoenix, Army Cancels IT Conference -- Again

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kevin Carroll, Army Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems, said sharp restrictions on travel for all DOD personnel has resulted in cancellation of the 2007 Army IT Conference sponsored by PEO-EIS and the Army Small Computer Program. The conference was scheduled to be held in Phoenix June 11-14. This...

Iraq: The Movie Set

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marines have contracted with an outfit called Strategic Operations Inc. to train in an “Iraqi town” set up on a 20-acre movie set owned by Stu Segall Productions in San Diego, according to the April 2007 Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned newsletter, which made its way to our...

Army Tells IT Contractors: Check Is In the Mail

May 4, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kevin Carroll, the Army's Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems, (PEO-EIS) told Tech Insider that due to the fracas over the Defense Department's 2007 supplemental spending bill â€" an issue way above his pay grade and ours â€" he has put his contractors on a “slow pay” schedule, either...

Walter Reed moves to new medical tracking system

April 27, 2007 The Walter Reed Army Medical Center this week turned on a computerized system that hospital officials hope will eliminate the highly publicized problems of wounded soldiers returning from Iraq waiting weeks for treatment and instructions on continuing care. Walter Reed's clinicians and case workers, who guide wounded soldiers through the...

VA to debut new patient tracking system

April 20, 2007 Starting Monday, clinicians at hospitals operated by the Veterans Affairs Department will be able to access medical records in real time on wounded soldiers evacuated from Afghanistan and Iraq through a new VA version of a Defense Department patient tracking application. VA will use its version of Defense's Joint Patient...