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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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Some Good VA News: Agency Processed Record-Setting 1.3M Claims in Fiscal 2014

October 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs said it processed more than 1.3 million disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal 2014, which ended last week. That’s the highest number in history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims. The quality of claims decisions increased along with the number ...

Surprise: Every American Will Not Have an Electronic Health Record This Year

October 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2004, President George W. Bush kicked off a project designed to provide most Americans with an electronic health record in 2014. That was followed by a similar goal set by President Barack Obama in 2009. But as the end of 2014 comes nearer, these ambitious goals still have not ...

Inside the Mini-Hospitals the Air Force Is Using To Fight Ebola in Africa

October 8, 2014 The Air Force’s Air Combat Command has started installation of what its command surgeon, Brig. Gen. Sean Lee Murphy, described as “a mini-community hospital” in Liberia as part of the Defense Department’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Murphy told Nextgov the 25-bed Expeditionary Medical Support System – ...

BadUSB Denial?

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: An earlier version of this post briefly displayed an outdated story. The post has been updated. I asked the Pentagon and the White House what they planned to do about vulnerabilities in Universal Serial Bus drives used in practically every computer and received generic and not very specific ...

Air Force is Building Mini-Hospital in Liberia to Fight Ebola

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force’s Air Combat Command has started installation of what its command surgeon, Brig. Gen. Sean Lee Murphy, described as “a mini-community hospital” in Liberia as part of the Defense Department’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Murphy told Nextgov the 25-bed Expeditionary Medical Support System – ...

DOE Declassifies Oppenheimer Security Clearance Hearing Transcripts

October 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow J. Robert Oppenheimer was trustworthy enough to guide development of the atomic bomb at a Los Alamos, New Mexico, top-secret facility from 1942 to 1946. But he lost it in the witch hunts of potential communists in the federal government in the early 1950s. In December 1953, the Atomic Energy ...

VA Makes Vet Employment a Factor in Awarding $22.3 Billion Tech Deal

October 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs is highlighting the importance of veteran employment by vendors on its upcoming $22.3 billion IT modernization contracting vehicle. Matt Ginty, contracting officer with the VA Technology Acquisition Center in Eatontown, New Jersey, said award of the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation contract – known ...

Epic Systems, Leading Defense EHR Bidder, Slammed for Lack of Interoperability

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Epic Systems, considered the front-runner for the Defense Department’s $11 billion electronic health record contract, has come under sustained criticism for lack of interoperability with other EHRs, including most recently a front-page story in The New York Times last Sunday. The Times story reported the privately held Epic, which partnered ...

Military Health System Does Not Like Patient Safety Bad News

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Military Health System received overall good grades in a review ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the 765-page report, released yesterday, shows staffers in military hospitals feared retaliation for reporting patient safety problems. Much like personnel at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals who blew the whistle on poor ...

Who Needs an EHR? Some Defense Hospital Emergency Rooms Still Use Paper

October 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite investing billions of dollars in information technology over the past decade, three out of seven military hospitals surveyed in a review of the Military Health System reported their emergency rooms still use paper records. Released yesterday, the report said the current MHS IT infrastructure “and rigid network requirements resonate ...