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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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Schoenhard Tapped as Health Ops Deputy

October 2, 2009 Late last month I reported that St. Louis hospital executive William Schoenhard appeared to have the inside track for appointment as the new undersecretary for health at the Veterans Affairs Department. Well, I missed slightly. VA will name Schoenhard as deputy undersecretary for health for operations and management, effective Oct. ...

Hill doesn't give Obama all the Ag tech spending he asked for

October 2, 2009 Congress approved $400 million on Wednesday for loans to expand broadband to rural areas, far less than what the White House requested. The amount, which is included in the fiscal 2010 appropriations bill for the Agriculture Department, falls $131.7 million, or 25 percent, less than what the Obama administration requested. ...

An Earmark Windbag Called MARIAH

October 1, 2009 Sen. John McCain spent a good bit of time on the Senate floor this week battling earmarks that his colleagues want to stuff into the 2010 Defense appropriations bill. One such earmark included this: a Montana project called the Magnetohydrodynamics Accelerator Research Into Advanced Hypersonics wind tunnel, or MARIAH. Since ...

National Guard sends IT equipment to support tsunami relief in Samoa

October 1, 2009 A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded by water on Tuesday.Fili Sagapolutele/AP Less than 24 hours after a tsunami with 20-foot waves roared ashore on American Samoa on Monday, the Hawaii National Guard loaded communications equipment on an Air Force C-17 cargo plane to ...

GI Bill Payments Offered Online

September 30, 2009 Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced that starting on Friday veterans who have not yet received their GI bill payments for school tuition and housing will be able to apply online off the VA's Web site, which also has further details on the emergency payment program. Shinseki said on Sept. ...

The Social Networking Draft Directive

September 30, 2009 As I reported yesterday, a draft of a new Defense Department social network policy that made its way to the Whats HQ in Las Vegas, N.M., will allow troops to Twitter away on Defense networks almost unfettered as long as they follow a few simple rules. The draft directive from ...

Interagency office put in charge of DoD/VA lifetime e-record project

September 30, 2009 Top leadership at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have assigned broad responsibilities for development of a lifetime electronic health and benefit record for military personnel and veterans to a relatively new interagency program office that lacks a director, according to an internal document obtained by Nextgov. The new charter ...

Filippi to Run Data Exchange?

September 29, 2009 I've picked up low to medium strength signals that Debra Filippi, the Defense Department's information sharing executive, has emerged as a likely candidate to run the joint interagency program office in charge of sharing information -- including electronic health information -- between the Defense and the Veterans Affairs Department. Rear ...

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From Nextgov.com: Defense to allow troops, family members to use social network sites

September 29, 2009 The Defense Department, which had seen some services ban the use of social networking sites, will allow troops and their families to use the popular online communication tools such as Facebook and Twitter on its unclassified networks, according to a draft memo obtained by Nextgov. Read the full story on ...

Defense to allow troops, family members to use social network sites

September 29, 2009 The Defense Department, which had seen some services ban the use of social networking sites, will allow troops and their families to use the popular online communication tools such as Facebook and Twitter on its unclassified networks, according to a draft memo obtained by Nextgov. The memo, written by Deputy ...