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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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It Took the VA Hospital in Phoenix 10 Years to Install an Electronic Waitlist System

May 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in 2012 finally installed an electronic waitlist system that an internal manual reveals had been available and deployed elsewhere in the Veterans Affairs Department since at least 2002. CNN reported on April 30 that the Phoenix VA hospital, known as PVAHCS, created a “secret” ...

VFW Wants Accurate Reports From Vets on VA Health Care

May 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Call 1-800-VFW-1899 NOW! The Veterans of Foreign Wars wants to “separate truth from conjecture” in the wake of numerous reports of poor treatment in Veterans Affairs hospitals. An April 30 CNN story reported that the Phoenix VA hospital created a “secret” waitlist of 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans who were ...

Pentagon Police Hit By 'Catastrophic' Network Outage

May 7, 2014 CORRECTION: This article was updated to eliminate a reference to computers used in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (they do not run on the Pentagon Life Safety System Network) and note that the Pentagon Force Protection Agency reports to the director of administration and management (DA&M), not Washington ...

Pentagon Police Agency Hit by ‘Catastrophic’ Network Outage

May 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with Pentagon response and details. The agency that manages the Pentagon Police Department and also runs its networks and computers experienced a “catastrophic network technological outage” on Jan. 3, and repairs may not be complete until January 2015, an obscure document on the Federal Business ...

Marines Enlist New Mobile News App -- But at What Cost?

May 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marines have tapped a Rochester, Minnesota company to provide news and information feeds to active duty Marines, potential Marines, reserve Marines, retirees, family members and the general public, according to a limited source justification notice posted on the federal online contracting website last Friday. DoApp Inc.’s Mobile Local News ...

Wanted: Smart Snowplows With Infrared Radar and Virtual Reality Systems

May 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Highway Administration wants to develop smart snowplows equipped with GPS, radar, sensors used in attack helicopters and virtual reality and synthetic vision systems. FHWA said it plans to run a competition for a prototype “high-accuracy, visual guidance system” for snowplow operators based on these and other advanced technologies, ...

11-Month Defense Health Record Contract Awarded to Leidos

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Health Agency has awarded Leidos -- formerly Science Applications International Corp, or SAIC -- a sole source, $70.7 million bridge contract to support military electronic health record systems over the next 11 months. The contract covers support of the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, or AHLTA, EHR ...

Note to VA: T-Mobile Isn’t the Only Carrier That Offers Wi-Fi Calling

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department central office need to use mobile gadgets provided by T-Mobile, since it’s the only carrier that offers Wi-Fi calling services, VA said in a limited-sources justification for a five-year contract with the carrier. Wi-Fi calling allows users with phones equipped with an app ...

Hey, Let’s Integrate All Airborne Systems

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That’s the idea behind a new project announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency focused on integration of all kinds of manned and unmanned aircraft gizmos. The System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation – or SoSite – project will help “maintain U.S. air superiority in contested environments, demonstrate ...

Lawmaker Says White House Favors High Voltage Line Route Across Missile Range

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has decided to allow construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line across White Sands Missile Range, according to Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., who viewed the decision as putting corporate profits ahead of national security. Pearce did not disclose his source for the imminent White House decision. The ...