Nextgov - Authors - Bob Brewinhttp://www.nextgov.com/voices/bob-brewin/2350/Bob Brewin joined <i>Government Executive</i> 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 <i>Nextgov</i>, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.en-usMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:43:22 -0400Navy Will Get Its Microsoft Cloud Email from Dell in $2.1M Dealhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/navy-will-get-its-microsoft-cloud-email-dell-21m-deal/96896/The Navy sees hundreds of millions of dollars in savings over the Next Generation Enterprise Network.Bob BrewinMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:43:22 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/navy-will-get-its-microsoft-cloud-email-dell-21m-deal/96896/Defenseliravega/Shutterstock.comIntelink Sets Up Ebola Websitehttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/intelink-sets-ebola-website/96899/Effort is focused on open source reporting.Bob BrewinMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:40:42 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/intelink-sets-ebola-website/96899/Defense - What's BrewinA medical worker sprays people being discharged from the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia.Jerome Delay/AP File PhotoHere Comes the Army Cyber Battle Labhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/here-comes-army-cyber-battle-lab/96812/So long, Network Battle Lab.Bob BrewinFri, 17 Oct 2014 16:06:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/here-comes-army-cyber-battle-lab/96812/Defense - What's BrewinSangoiri/Shutterstock.comEbola Vaccine Development Probably Too Late to Deal with Current Crisishttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/ebola-vaccine-development-probably-too-late-deal-current-crisis/96764/A major drug firm says it will take until 2016 to ramp up production.Bob BrewinFri, 17 Oct 2014 13:54:34 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/ebola-vaccine-development-probably-too-late-deal-current-crisis/96764/HealthA healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering into an Ebola treatment centre in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone.Michael Duff/APHuge Bidder Pile-On for VA’s $22.3 Billion Tech Dealhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/huge-bidder-pile-vas-223-billion-tech-deal/96653/If all these interested vendors actually submit a bid, the VA acquisition folks will have to go into overtime to weed through all the paper.Bob BrewinThu, 16 Oct 2014 13:57:21 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/huge-bidder-pile-vas-223-billion-tech-deal/96653/Defense - What's BrewinDepartment of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonaldManuel Balce Ceneta/APVA Plans to Build Nationwide High-Frequency Radio Network to Communicate During Emergencieshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/va-plans-build-nationwide-high-frequency-radio-network-communicate-during-emergencies/96644/Network will cover more than 200 VA medical facilities.Bob BrewinThu, 16 Oct 2014 13:18:27 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/va-plans-build-nationwide-high-frequency-radio-network-communicate-during-emergencies/96644/DefenseActor/Shutterstock.comInstitute of Medicine Plans Ebola Research Workshophttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/institute-medicine-ebola-research-workshop/96542/Focus on public health, risks and countermeasures.Bob BrewinWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:26:27 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/institute-medicine-ebola-research-workshop/96542/Defense - What's BrewinBellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in the Emergency Room, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients.Richard Drew/APHHS Awards Contract for Ebola Vaccine Shown to be 100 Percent Effective in Animal Testshttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/hhs-awards-contract-ebola-vaccine-shown-be-100-percent-effective-animal-tests/96536/Pentagon also backs vaccine from Profectus Biosciences.Bob BrewinWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:59:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/hhs-awards-contract-ebola-vaccine-shown-be-100-percent-effective-animal-tests/96536/HealthLicensed clinician Margaret Chilcott removes her outer gloves before disrobing and sanitizing during ebola preparation training on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala.Brynn Anderson/APOnline Resources Track and Map Ebola Outbreakhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/online-resources-track-and-map-ebola-outbreak/96437/Websites also offer Ebola clinical guides.Bob BrewinTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:57:01 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/10/online-resources-track-and-map-ebola-outbreak/96437/HealthA World Health Organization, WHO, worker, right rear, trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.Michael Duff/APWhat’s So Secret About the Price of Dell and HP PCs?http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/whats-so-secret-about-price-dell-and-hp-pcs/96428/Army intel deal for 6,535 PCs blacks out price.Bob BrewinTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:24:12 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/whats-so-secret-about-price-dell-and-hp-pcs/96428/Defense - What's BrewinHadrian/Shutterstock.comSome Good VA News: Agency Processed Record-Setting 1.3M Claims in Fiscal 2014http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/some-good-va-news-agency-processed-record-setting-13m-claims-fiscal-2014/96221/VA processes 93 percent of veterans’ disability claims electronically.Bob BrewinThu, 09 Oct 2014 16:39:01 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/some-good-va-news-agency-processed-record-setting-13m-claims-fiscal-2014/96221/Defense - What's BrewinAllison Hickey, under secretary for benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.Cliff Owen/APSurprise: Every American Will Not Have an Electronic Health Record This Yearhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/surprise-every-american-will-not-have-electronic-health-record-year/96197/Both Bush and Obama set 2014 as the deadline.Bob BrewinThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:17:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/surprise-every-american-will-not-have-electronic-health-record-year/96197/Health - Health ITBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comBadUSB Denial?http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/badusb-denial/95984/Pentagon, White House won’t address specifics of problem.Bob BrewinTue, 07 Oct 2014 16:03:20 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/badusb-denial/95984/Defense - What's BrewinYou can more/Shutterstock.comAir Force is Building Mini-Hospital in Liberia to Fight Ebolahttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/air-force-building-mini-hospital-liberia-fight-ebola/95978/The Air Combat Command has started installation of a mini-community hospital in Liberia.Bob BrewinTue, 07 Oct 2014 15:47:42 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/air-force-building-mini-hospital-liberia-fight-ebola/95978/Defenseowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia.Jerome Delay/APDOE Declassifies Oppenheimer Security Clearance Hearing Transcriptshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/doe-declassifies-oppenheimer-security-clearance-hearing-transcripts/95915/The full 20-volume transcript is now online.Bob BrewinMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:03:58 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/doe-declassifies-oppenheimer-security-clearance-hearing-transcripts/95915/Defense - What's BrewinDr. J. Robert Oppenheimer on December 5, 1958.AP File PhotoVA Makes Vet Employment a Factor in Awarding $22.3 Billion Tech Dealhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/va-makes-vet-employment-factor-awarding-223-billion-tech-deal/95897/VA intends to reserves four awards for vet-owned businesses.Bob BrewinMon, 06 Oct 2014 16:58:14 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/10/va-makes-vet-employment-factor-awarding-223-billion-tech-deal/95897/DefenseJob seekers check out the job opportunities at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Alan Diaz/APEpic Systems, Leading Defense EHR Bidder, Slammed for Lack of Interoperabilityhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/epic-systems-leading-defense-ehr-bidder-slammed-lack-interoperability/95792/Hospitals, clinicians pay high fees for connections from other systemsBob BrewinFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:57:18 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/epic-systems-leading-defense-ehr-bidder-slammed-lack-interoperability/95792/Health - Health ITkozirsky/Shutterstock.comMilitary Health System Does Not Like Patient Safety Bad Newshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/military-health-system-does-not-patient-safety-bad-news/95762/Staffers fear retaliation, according to the findings of a Pentagon-ordered review.Bob BrewinFri, 03 Oct 2014 13:27:41 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/military-health-system-does-not-patient-safety-bad-news/95762/Defense - What's BrewinSteve Cukrov/Shutterstock.comWho Needs an EHR? Some Defense Hospital Emergency Rooms Still Use Paperhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/who-needs-ehr-some-defense-hospital-emergency-rooms-still-use-paper/95687/Review of Military Health System faults IT systems.Bob BrewinThu, 02 Oct 2014 18:00:55 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/health-it/2014/10/who-needs-ehr-some-defense-hospital-emergency-rooms-still-use-paper/95687/Health - Health ITDefense Secretary Chuck HagelCliff Owen/APNavy Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Nuclear Sub Forcehttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/navy-celebrates-60th-anniversary-nuclear-sub-force/95612/Nautilus was commissioned Sept. 30, 1954.Bob BrewinWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:54:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/navy-celebrates-60th-anniversary-nuclear-sub-force/95612/Defense - What's BrewinThe USS Nautilus, pictured, was the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine.U.S. NavyWatchdog: Don’t Rule Out Organic Kitty Litter as Culprit in Nuclear Waste Radiation Leak http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/watchdog-dont-rule-out-organic-kitty-litter-culprit-nuclear-waste-radiation-leak/95567/DOE IG says Los Alamos Lab did not assess chemical incompatibility problems.Bob BrewinWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:38:38 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/watchdog-dont-rule-out-organic-kitty-litter-culprit-nuclear-waste-radiation-leak/95567/Emerging TechAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comVeterans Benefits Administration Gets New Communications Chiefhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/09/veterans-benefits-administration-gets-new-communications-chief/95495/Seasoned public affairs director Boone started at VBA last week.Bob BrewinTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/09/veterans-benefits-administration-gets-new-communications-chief/95495/Defense - What's BrewinThe Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington, DC.Charles Dharapak/APVA CIO: Scheduling System Software Will Be Fielded by 2017, Not 2020http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/09/va-cio-scheduling-system-software-will-be-fielded-2017-not-2020/95483/The department says a chart depicting a full rollout not until 2020 was outdated and it's committed to a two-year rollout.Bob BrewinTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:55:26 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/09/va-cio-scheduling-system-software-will-be-fielded-2017-not-2020/95483/DefenseThe Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix.Matt York/APNo New VA Patient Schedule System Until 2020 (UPDATED)http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/09/no-new-va-patient-schedule-system-until-2020/95258/VA aims to roll out new software to first 300 users in 2016.Bob BrewinFri, 26 Sep 2014 17:31:54 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/09/no-new-va-patient-schedule-system-until-2020/95258/Defense - What's BrewinA wheelchair sits outside the Atlanta VA Medical Center.David Goldman/AP File PhotoIG: VA Overpays Some Temporary Disability Claimshttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/09/ig-va-overpays-temporary-100-cent-disability-claims/95243/Report on Chicago and Seattle offices shows slow review of claimsBob BrewinFri, 26 Sep 2014 16:59:28 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/09/ig-va-overpays-temporary-100-cent-disability-claims/95243/HealthJim Mone/AP