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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From Appropriators worry VA isn't capitalizing on IT centralization

July 28, 2008 Senate appropriators are concerned that centralization of Veterans Affairs Department information technology operations has failed to improve efficiency, according to a report accompanying the fiscal 2009 VA spending bill. Click here to read the full story on

What's Brewin: DISA Director Front-Runners

July 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I'm picking up strong signals that the Defense Department has narrowed its search for the new Defense Information Systems Agency director to two equally strong candidates -- one from the Army and the other from the Air Force. Comment on this article in The Forum.Defense is scrambling to come up...

Intelligence director urges IT overhaul

July 23, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. intelligence community must undergo fundamental cultural and organizational changes, including an overhaul of its information technology systems, to adapt to increasing globalization, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Comment on this article in The Forum.The community is "engaged...

Military Health System plans to 'evolve' electronic record system

July 22, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although its electronic health record systems has significant limitations, the Military Health System does not plan to replace it, according to the head of the Defense Department's health affairs. Comment on this article in The Forum.Instead, MHS plans to work toward "converged evolution" of the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology...

From Military Health System plans to ‘evolve’ electronic record system

July 22, 2008 Although its electronic health record systems has significant limitations, the Military Health System does not plan to replace it, according to the head of the Defense Department's health affairs. Read the full story from

HHS to pay doctors to use prescription systems

July 21, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use financial incentives to encourage more doctors to use electronic prescribing systems to reduce medical errors, the Health and Human Services Department secretary said at a press conference on Monday. Comment on this article in The Forum.Mike Leavitt said illegible physician handwriting...

Alaskan company to test new shortwave technology

July 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday granted an Alaska company a two-year experimental license to establish a radio station that will test new shortwave technology that the Defense Department eventually could use to support intelligence operations. Comment on this article in The Forum.Digital Aurora Radio Technologies, based in Delta Junction,...

What's Brewin: A New VistA for AHLTA?

July 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Military Health System plans to make a decision in the next week on developing an alternative for its electronic health record system, called the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) , Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, told me in an interview on...

Veterans Affairs further streamlines benefits application process

July 16, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department announced on Wednesday that its online benefits application process now is completely paperless. VA no longer will require veterans to submit a signed paper copy of a benefit application in addition to the electronic version. Comment on this article in The Forum.The department will process applications...

Defense gets more help developing wireless ID readers

July 15, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A subcontract announced on Tuesday will help the Defense Manpower Data Center in its efforts to equip Defense Department installations worldwide with wireless technology that recognizes identification cards that 4 million military personnel and government contractors use. Comment on this article in The Forum.Fortress Technologies won the subcontract to supply...

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