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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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An IRS Approach for VA Claims?

July 10, 2009 That appears to be the thinking of the folks on the House Appropriations Committee, who think the Veterans Affairs Department could model its disability and pension claims process on electronic tax filing systems. In its report on the fiscal 2010 VA spending bill, the committee said advances in technology may...

Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

July 10, 2009 A review by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki (shown here) and CIO Roger Baker may shift funding for IT development.Susan Walsh/AP The House and Senate Appropriations committees both approved a record $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010, but the Senate restricted obligation of $1.1...

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From Nextgov.com: Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

July 10, 2009 The House and Senate Appropriations committees both approved a record $3.3 billion information technology budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for fiscal 2010, but the Senate restricted obligation of $1.1 billion in development funds until the department's chief information officer completes a review of VA IT systems. Read the full...

Elmo and the Brigadier General

July 9, 2009 Elmo, the fire engine red Sesame Street Muppet, will make a special guest appearance with Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, at a press conference in Philadelphia next week. She will unveil how Elmo and his pals...

Cyberattacks identified as a modification of five-year-old virus

July 9, 2009 Key Defense Department Web sites in South Korea remain unavailable as hackers continue their attacks against South Korean and U.S. government sites. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team identified the attacks, known as Distributed Denial of Service, as a modified version of the "My Doom" virus, which in 2004 infected...

North Korea's Hackers in a Luxury Hotel

July 8, 2009 News reports pin the recent spate of cyberattacks against government Web sites in South Korea and the United States on North Korea. And an internal paper published in May by an intelligence analyst at U.S. Forces Korea said North Korean hackers penetrated U.S. military networks and Web sites with greater...

U.S. Forces Korea Another Cyber Victim?

July 8, 2009 Repeated attempts to reach the Web site of U.S Forces Korea on Wednesday afternoon failed -- an indication that the alleged cyberattack launched by North Korea over the July 4 weekend against South Korean and U.S. government Web sites continues. The Web site of the Army command in Korea, the...

JCS Chair on Facebook, With Fans

July 7, 2009 Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, launched his Facebook page on July 2 and has already managed to attract 309 fans. That's about 300 more fans than I have, probably because I don't have a staff to help me manage all kinds of social network stuff....

Nurse files privacy suit against IT sections in stimulus spending law

July 7, 2009 A New Hampshire nurse filed a lawsuit late last month against the Health and Human Services Department, claiming the health information technology sections of the 2009 stimulus bill violate her privacy protections in federal and state laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Hippocratic oath. Beatrice...

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From Nextgov.com: Nurse files privacy suit against IT sections in stimulus spending law

July 7, 2009 A New Hampshire nurse filed a lawsuit late last month against the Health and Human Services Department, claiming the health information technology sections of the 2009 stimulus bill violate her privacy protections in federal and state laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Hippocratic oath. Read...

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