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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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Have a TRICARE Problem? Fix It Online

January 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That’s the message the 9.7 million beneficiaries of the TRICARE insurance plan got from the Defense Department, which announced it will no longer offer live, walk-in service to handle administrative issues as of April 1, when all such queries will be managed online or by phone. TRICARE insurance carriers operate ...

DC Metro Buys $184 Million Smart Payment System; Similar System Draws Fire in Canada

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated with comment from Accenture. The Washington Metro transit system has awarded a $184 million contract for a new electronic payment system to a company that built Toronto a similar system, which Canadian officials have bashed for outdated technology and cost overruns. The Washington Metropolitan Area ...

Marines Again Eye Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Marine Corps Systems Command last week asked for industry input on development of a virtual desktop infrastructure -- thin clients -- for classified networks able to support up to 8,000 users connected to four regional nodes. The Marines first considered use of virtual desktops in January 2012 and the ...

I Goofed

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Thursday I complained that presentations by the Defense Health Agency high command at an Oct. 31 industry day on the new Defense health record had disappeared from the Web. As readers pointed out, they did not disappear, and a wee bit of searching would have led me to this ...

The Navy Fast Tracked Its Record Scanning System Over the Holidays

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy scrambled last month to meet a deadline for scanning and electronically transferring service treatment records to the Veterans Affairs Department by the start of 2014. The process involved an interim sole source contract and system tests during the last two weeks of December and into the New Year, ...

The Case of the Disappearing Health Record Presentations

January 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last November I wrote a piece for our news pages detailing plans for the Defense Department’s new and long delayed electronic health record based on presentations made at an Oct. 31 industry day by the new management of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization -- or DHMSM – office in ...

Pentagon Kicks Off Procurement to Maintain Current Health Record Until 2018

January 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Health Agency has kicked off a procurement to sustain the current Defense Department electronic health record system through the end of 2018, potentially pushing back deployment of a new military EHR until 2019. That would be a decade after President Obama in 2009 called on the Defense and ...

Good Cheer to All

December 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow No Scrooge from me today, just gratitude for this digital pulpit – and the NextGov news pages. This gig is a privilege enhshrined in the Constitution, a fact that when I contemplate it after 43 years a journalist, still strikes me with awe. I get to question the government – ...

NSA, Not Santa, Is Coming to Town

December 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just in time for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union has released its parody of NSA agents dressed up as Santa Claus, replete with lines such as, "You're making a list, they're checking it twice," and "they see while you are sleeping, they hear while you're awake." NSA bugging Santa ...

VA Paperless Processing System Shut Down by Software Glitch Last Week

December 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A software glitch caused a shutdown of the Veteran’s Affairs Department’s $491 million disability claims processing system early last week, Nextgov has learned. Last Monday, Dec. 16, VA released a new version of its Veterans Benefits Management System software to claims processors. Spokeswoman Meagan Lutz confirmed it took until Wednesday ...