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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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A Paging System In a Library?

September 23, 2009 Remember when libraries were cathedrals of quiet, a bygone era when even a whispered conversation resulted in a stern look from a no-nonsense librarian? Today, libraries are just another place subject to a cacophonous buzz, from the clicking of 12 year olds texting like mad on their phones to their...

VA says it has processed less than half of GI bill education benefits

September 23, 2009 Rep. Steve Buyer said the VA should have asked Congress for additional resources.Scott J. Ferrell/CQ/Newscom The Veterans Affairs Department said on Wednesday that it has processed less than half of the pending education benefits claims under the post 9/11 GI bill, and veteran groups expressed serious concerns students will not...

A Warm Farewell to Rob Kolodner

September 22, 2009 After 31 years of service, Dr. Rob Kolodner, National Health IT coordinator from 2006 until this year -- and before that a 28 year stint at the Veterans Affairs Department capped by a tour as chief health informatics officer in Veterans Health Administration -- retires from the federal nest today....

U.S. lags the world's top adopters of electronic health records systems

September 22, 2009 The United States is far behind countries that lead the world in using electronic health records, and the nation should borrow some of their policies to increase the adoption rate of e-health records here, according to a report a technology advocacy group released on Wednesday. In its report, the nonpartisan...

Hospital Exec Tapped for VA Health Job?

September 21, 2009 Well-informed folks have told me that William Schoenhard, who until this August served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Louis-based SSN Health Care has the inside track as the new head of the Veterans Health Administration. Schoenhard is not a doctor, but he has extensive experience...

Will Schools Go Easy on Vets?

September 18, 2009 I'm picking up strong signals that the Veterans Affairs Department has started contacting colleges and universities around the country to determine whether or not they will throw veterans off campus if the schools do not receive timely tuition payments as promised under the post-9/11 GI bill. VA Education Liaison Representatives...

Meyerriecks Intel Acquisition Director

September 17, 2009 Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, announced on Thursday that he selected Dawn Meyerriecks, a former AOL executive and former chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, as the new deputy director of national intelligence for acquisition and technology. Blair said Meyerriecks "is well respected for her work...

Ft. Huachuca Does It Manually

September 17, 2009 Most technologically advanced organizations monitor and log traffic on network servers automatically. That's not the case at the Army's Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Huachuca, home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command -- two outfits that should be no strangers to network technology --...

The $75B Intelligence Budget

September 16, 2009 Talking to reporters yesterday about the new National Intelligence Strategy, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the strategy would serve as a blueprint for a 200,000 person strong, $75 billion national intelligence enterprise. Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists pointed...

The FOUO Debate

September 15, 2009 Some readers took exception to my posting last week of a high-level wiring diagram for the U.S. Cyber Command, which was labeled "For Official Use Only," a.k.a. FOUO. One reader said I should have put the welfare of the nation ahead of my own personal/business interests and not posted an...

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