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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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Former VA Health Chief Kizer Wants Secretary Job

June 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. Ken Kizer, who served as undersecretary of health at the Veterans Affairs Department from 1994 to 1999, is seriously interested in the potential of the VA secretary job. “I care a great deal about the VA, and I do think I could help the organization mend,” he says. Kizer, ...

White House Comms from Down Under

June 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a rare insight into White House Communications Agency operations, the Defense Information Systems Agency disclosed Tuesday it plans to award a sole source contract to By Light, Professional IT Services, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business for operation of a satellite hub in Adelaide, on Australia’s southern coast. The hub, ...

VA Schedulers Failed to Fully Use Wait List Software Created in 2002

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 70 percent of 3,772 patient-scheduling staffers at 731 medical facilities in the Veterans Health Administration did not fully use scheduling software originally developed in 2002, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs report highlighting lengthy wait times for veterans seeking health care appointments. Released yesterday, the audit of ...

Army Boosts Value of IT Deal by $774 Million

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army’s hunger for information technology equipment continues unabated, even as the military slims down from the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The service awarded a contract extension valued at $774,000,000 to the six companies that in 2007 won its Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 2 Hardware (ITES-2H) deal ...

Amtrak Eyes Broadband Wi-Fi DC-Boston

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amtrak would like to ditch the 10 Mpbs cellular-based Wi-Fi service that frustrates train passengers on its 457-mile Washington-Boston service with slow speeds for trackside access points to provide broadband speeds to support streaming and fat file downloads. Amtrak Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Matt Harrison said yesterday the wireless ...

After 6 Years, VA Has Added Just One Name to Eye Injury Database

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has added only one name to an eye injury registry established by Congress in January 2008, senior VA officials told flabbergasted members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee panel on oversight and investigations today. The department also is not in full compliance with standards established in ...

VA Failed to Protect Critical Computer Systems, Audit Finds

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In another blow to the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department, the VA inspector general reported today that an audit by an outside accounting firm revealed continuing problems protecting mission critical systems. The audit, conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, said that although VA has made progress developing security policies and procedures, it suffers ...

VA’s Convoluted Patient Scheduling Starts with a ‘Helpline’ Call

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Veterans trying to schedule medical appointments in the Veterans Affairs Department’s Phoenix Health Care System entered a Kafkaesque world where they had to call a “helpline” to provide demographic information to an official who would type the data into a computer and then take a screenshot and send it to ...

New Plan for New Mexico Power Line: Bury the Missile Range Parts

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SunZia Transmission LLC has tentatively agreed to bury a five mile portion of a high voltage electric transmission line that crosses land leased by the White Sands Missile Range, clearing the way for the project to transmit clean wind energy from rural New Mexico to power hungry markets in Arizona ...

Sexual Harassment and Bullying at VA Phoenix Medical Facilities?

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the Veterans Affairs Department Inspector General started an investigation in April of patient wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital and six clinics, it has also received daily allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by managers. The summary of the Phoenix IG report said “our onsite OIG staff and ...