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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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Feds Approve Medical Marijuana Study for Vets With PTSD

March 18, 2014 This story has been updated with additional information from the VA and the American Medical Association. The Public Health Service has cleared the way for a research organization, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, to study whether or not marijuana can reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. MAPS ...

Pentagon’s New Health Record System Will Cost $1.5 Billion

March 16, 2014 The Pentagon plans to spend $1.5 billion procuring a new, commercial electronic health record system from 2017 through 2019, new budget documents disclosed. The Defense Health Agency said in January that it planned to field the new EHR in phases, starting with a test site at Fort Lewis, Wash., in ...

Strange but True: Snakes, Rodents Plague DISA's Fort Huachuca Buildings

March 14, 2014 Buried deep in the boilerplate of the detailed 2015 budget request for the Defense Information Systems Agency released this week is the revelation that 19 Fort Huachuca, Ariz., buildings that house the Joint Interoperability Test Command “have numerous environmental hazards and safety issues.” These hazards include “roof leaks, mold infestations, ...

Pentagon Pegs Cost of New Electronic Health Record at $1.5 Billion

March 14, 2014 The Pentagon plans to spend $1.5 billion procuring a new, commercial electronic health record system from 2017 through 2019, new budget documents disclosed. The Defense Health Agency said in January that it planned to field the new EHR in phases, starting with a test site at Fort Lewis, Wash., in ...

VA Is Competing for the Pentagon’s Electronic Health Record Contract

March 13, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department plans to enter its next generation electronic health record into the competition for the Defense Department’s EHR job, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Thursday. VA plans to develop an advanced version of its Veterans Health Information Systems and ...

What Happens After Sexting and Luxury Travel at VA? Paid Leave

March 13, 2014 An unidentified Veterans Affairs Department ratings service representative in Nashville, Tenn., who downloaded software onto his agency laptop to sext friends and misused $31,000 in travel funds was placed on paid administrative leave this week. The VA inspector general last week released a report that detailed the employee’s travel and ...

Partial Probe Shows No Radiation at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Site

March 10, 2014 The Energy Department found “no detectable radioactive contamination” in a preliminary test this weekend of the country’s only underground nuclear waste storage site, which experienced a leak on Feb. 14 following a fire on Feb. 5. But the probe did not include the locations most likely to contain radioactive leakage, ...

No Major Cuts for DISA in 2015 Budget Request

March 5, 2014 The 2015 budget request for the Defense Information Systems Agency reflects the reality that even a slimmed down Defense Department still needs global connectivity. DISA’s 2015 budget request for operations and maintenance -- which keeps its networks running on a daily basis -- took only a $12 million hit from ...

Defense Health Agency Wants More Money for IT Operations in 2015

March 5, 2014 The Defense Health Agency requested a budget of $1.6 billion to support operations and maintenance of health information management systems in 2015, 7 percent more than its $1.5 billion 2014 operations budget. DHA, which replaced the TRICARE Management Activity last October, also requested $91.3 million in a new research and ...

VA Seeks 5 Percent Boost in IT Funding

March 4, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department requested an information technology budget of $3.9 billion in 2015, an increase of $200 million or just over 5 percent from $3.7 billion enacted in 2014. Officials said a top priority remains the development and deployment of a digital and electronic operating environment with an investment ...