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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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Ebola Vaccine Development Probably Too Late to Deal with Current Crisis

October 17, 2014 The Department of Health and Human Services has three Ebola virus vaccines in the research and development pipeline to prevent the spread of the disease at home and abroad as quickly as possible. “We are pushing hard to advance the development of multiple products as quickly as possible for clinical ...

Huge Bidder Pile-On for VA’s $22.3 Billion Tech Deal

October 16, 2014 The number of companies that have expressed interest in bidding on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation contract -- known as T4NG -- hit 635 vendors Tuesday, according to a VA spreadsheet. The list of interested bidders ranges alphabetically from A1C Partners LLC to Yakshna Solutions ...

VA Plans to Build Nationwide High-Frequency Radio Network to Communicate During Emergencies

October 16, 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, ...

Institute of Medicine Plans Ebola Research Workshop

October 15, 2014 The Institute of Medicine said it will hold a one-day workshop Nov. 3 to examine the areas of biomedical and public health research that should be conducted to best prepare the United States to safeguard the public as a result of the emergence of Ebola. IOM said the workshop, requested ...

HHS Awards Contract for Ebola Vaccine Shown to be 100 Percent Effective in Animal Tests

October 15, 2014 The Department of Health and Human Services awarded Tuesday an $8.2 million contract to Baltimore-based Profectus BioSciences Inc. for research and development of an Ebola vaccine proven 100 percent effective in animal tests, according to the company. Elleen Kane, an HHS spokeswoman, said the contract is for animal studies but ...

These Web Sites Are Tracking the Spread of Ebola

October 14, 2014 Clinicians, governments and humanitarian organizations fighting the Ebola virus can tap into online resources that range from clinical guidelines for health care workers to websites that crunch, map and display data on the spread of the disease in West Africa. The outbreak has claimed about 3,865 lives, primarily in Liberia, ...

Online Resources Track and Map Ebola Outbreak

October 14, 2014 Clinicians, governments and humanitarian organizations fighting the Ebola virus can tap into online resources that range from clinical guidelines for health care workers to websites that crunch, map and display data on the spread of the disease in West Africa. The outbreak has claimed about 3,865 lives, primarily in Liberia, ...

What’s So Secret About the Price of Dell and HP PCs?

October 14, 2014 The Army Intelligence and Security Command posted a justification and approval notice on FedBizOps last Thursday that it had to buy a whole bunch of Dell and HP PCs or laptops as “hardware requirements and compatibility issues with installation and operational needs require and justify the use of brand name ...

Some Good VA News: Agency Processed Record-Setting 1.3M Claims in Fiscal 2014

October 9, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs said it processed more than 1.3 million disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal 2014, which ended last week. That’s the highest number in history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims. The quality of claims decisions increased along with the number ...

Surprise: Every American Will Not Have an Electronic Health Record This Year

October 9, 2014 In 2004, President George W. Bush kicked off a project designed to provide most Americans with an electronic health record in 2014. That was followed by a similar goal set by President Barack Obama in 2009. But as the end of 2014 comes nearer, these ambitious goals still have not ...