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Bob Brewin

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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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Irony Alert: Booz Allen Wins Cybersecurity Contract

October 23, 2014 Booz Allen Hamilton won yesterday a $6.6 million task order for continued support to the Defense Department’s Chief Information Officer Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Support program through Sept. 30, 2015. It goes to show that Defense has no hard feelings toward Booz Allen even though one of its employees, Edward ...

So, How Do I Get Onto the VA eBenefits Site?

October 22, 2014 That's what I asked Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren at his media roundtable yesterday, as I have been frustrated for months as I try to get past the first screens on the eBenefits website intended to make it easier and quicker for vets for apply for ...

VA: Hackers Never Siphoned Data Out of Our Systems

October 22, 2014 Correction: VA did not experience downtime with it VBMS system this quarter. It has experienced unscheduled downtime previously. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ computer networks and systems remain under constant threat -- including from attacks by foreign actors -- but no data has been “exfiltrated” as a result of attacks, ...

VA Introduces 'Google-like' Medical Record Search Functions

October 21, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs has started to roll out “Google-like” search functions for patient medical records, VA CIO Stephen Warren said at a press briefing today. Warren said the new user interface of the Health Management Platform, which supports search across an entire patient record, has been installed at ...

Hanford Waste Contractors Refuse to Cooperate with IG

October 21, 2014 The Energy Department’s inspector general and the chairwoman of a Senate oversight committee have slammed contracting companies at the $12 billion Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford site in Washington State for failing to cooperate with an investigation into the firing of a potential whistle-blower at the plant. Hanford, which ...

Navy Picks Dell for Cloud Email Pilot Program

October 21, 2014 The Navy has tapped Dell to provide it with a Microsoft enterprise-as-a-service cloud email system for its reservists. The Navy says the Microsoft cloud email pilot will save hundreds of millions of dollars as an alternative to the service’s Next Generation Enterprise Network, known as NGEN. In mid-September, the Space ...

Navy Will Get Its Microsoft Cloud Email from Dell in $2.1M Deal

October 20, 2014 The Navy has tapped Dell to provide it with a Microsoft enterprise-as-a-service cloud email system for its reservists. The Navy says the Microsoft cloud email pilot will save hundreds of millions of dollars as an alternative to the service’s Next Generation Enterprise Network, known as NGEN. In mid-September, the Space ...

Intelink Sets Up Ebola Website

October 20, 2014 Intelink -- the word used to describe a whole bunch of intelligence community intranets -- has set up an open source and unclassified website on the Ebola crisis worldwide. The daily Intelink Ebola feed is carried by the All Partners Access Network, run by the Defense Information Systems Agency. APAN ...

Preparing for Future Catastrophes, the VA Reaches to the Past

October 17, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to build a nationwide high-frequency radio network to connect its medical facilities in case of an emergency that knocks out other forms of communications -- applying century-old technology to current needs. VA said in a contracting notice Tuesday it intends to award a five-year, ...

Here Comes the Army Cyber Battle Lab

October 17, 2014 The Army currently operates a Network Battle Lab and plans to change it to the Cyber Battle Lab beginning in October 2015 -- and is looking for some contractor support. What’s the difference? The Network Battle Lab was focused only on experimentation to support the network, but will now add ...