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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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VA Fails to Set Up Registry of Troops Exposed to Burn Pits

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., slammed the Veterans Affairs Department for failing to set up a registry of troops exposed to toxic pollutants from trash burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, as required by legislation they sponsored. The law, signed by President Obama on Jan. 13, 2013, ...

Here Comes the milCloud

March 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency launched a new cloud computing service for the Defense Department dubbed milCloud. The service will save money and offer flexibility for Defense users, DISA said, and its description comes with enough buzzwords for an evening of bingo. Keep in mind that when it comes to ...

Los Alamos Nuclear Waste Heads to Texas Temporarily After Radiation Leaks

March 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department has decided to use a commercial nuclear waste dump while it struggles to reopen its underground storage site after two radiation leaks and a fire since February. Energy and Nuclear Waste Partners, its contractor for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M., ...

I’ll Pass on the Medical Grass to Treat PTSD

March 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When I left the Marine Corps in 1967, I decided to treat my combat stress with copious amounts of alcohol backed up by the drugs of the times, including marijuana, with an eye toward short-term relief. A decade later, booze and drugs had become my way of life – instead ...

Feds Approve Medical Marijuana Study for Vets With PTSD

March 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with additional information from the VA and the American Medical Association. The Public Health Service has cleared the way for a research organization, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, to study whether or not marijuana can reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. MAPS ...

Pentagon’s New Health Record System Will Cost $1.5 Billion

March 16, 2014 The Pentagon plans to spend $1.5 billion procuring a new, commercial electronic health record system from 2017 through 2019, new budget documents disclosed. The Defense Health Agency said in January that it planned to field the new EHR in phases, starting with a test site at Fort Lewis, Wash., in ...

Strange but True: Snakes, Rodents Plague DISA's Fort Huachuca Buildings

March 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Buried deep in the boilerplate of the detailed 2015 budget request for the Defense Information Systems Agency released this week is the revelation that 19 Fort Huachuca, Ariz., buildings that house the Joint Interoperability Test Command “have numerous environmental hazards and safety issues.” These hazards include “roof leaks, mold infestations, ...

Pentagon Pegs Cost of New Electronic Health Record at $1.5 Billion

March 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon plans to spend $1.5 billion procuring a new, commercial electronic health record system from 2017 through 2019, new budget documents disclosed. The Defense Health Agency said in January that it planned to field the new EHR in phases, starting with a test site at Fort Lewis, Wash., in ...

VA Is Competing for the Pentagon’s Electronic Health Record Contract

March 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department plans to enter its next generation electronic health record into the competition for the Defense Department’s EHR job, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Thursday. VA plans to develop an advanced version of its Veterans Health Information Systems and ...

What Happens After Sexting and Luxury Travel at VA? Paid Leave

March 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unidentified Veterans Affairs Department ratings service representative in Nashville, Tenn., who downloaded software onto his agency laptop to sext friends and misused $31,000 in travel funds was placed on paid administrative leave this week. The VA inspector general last week released a report that detailed the employee’s travel and ...