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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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Intel Folks Want to Mimic Brain Circuits

June 18, 2014 The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency wants “to create a new generation of machine-learning algorithms derived from high-fidelity representations of cortical microcircuits to achieve human-like performance on complex information processing tasks” under a project dubbed Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks or MICrONS. I guess the NSA needs some beefed-up algorithms ...

VA Expects Award of New Patient-Scheduling Contract by September

June 18, 2014 Top Veterans Affairs Department officials anticipate VA will award a contract for a new patient-scheduling system by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, but procurement documents show a lengthy transition process from the old to new system. Stephen Warren, VA chief information officer, on June 10 told a ...

Air Force Looks to Ditch Lockheed After GPS Satellite Delays

June 17, 2014 Faced with delays in delivery of next-generation GPS III satellites by Lockheed Martin, the Air Force has asked other vendors for proposals – due Friday – to develop and build up to 22 satellites. The GPS III satellites will provide new and more secure signals for military users and new ...

Federal Incentive Payments for EHRs to Doctors and Hospitals Edge $24 Billion

June 12, 2014 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid out the equivalent of the gross national product of Costa Rica -- $23.7 billion -- to hospitals and medical professionals from 2011 through April 2014 to adopt electronic health records. Despite this whopping federal investment in EHRs, the JASON advisory group, which ...

Former VA Health Chief Kizer Wants Secretary Job

June 12, 2014 Dr. Ken Kizer, who served as undersecretary of health at the Veterans Affairs Department from 1994 to 1999, is seriously interested in the potential of the VA secretary job. “I care a great deal about the VA, and I do think I could help the organization mend,” he says. Kizer, ...

White House Comms from Down Under

June 11, 2014 In a rare insight into White House Communications Agency operations, the Defense Information Systems Agency disclosed Tuesday it plans to award a sole source contract to By Light, Professional IT Services, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business for operation of a satellite hub in Adelaide, on Australia’s southern coast. The hub, ...

VA Schedulers Failed to Fully Use Wait List Software Created in 2002

June 10, 2014 More than 70 percent of 3,772 patient-scheduling staffers at 731 medical facilities in the Veterans Health Administration did not fully use scheduling software originally developed in 2002, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs report highlighting lengthy wait times for veterans seeking health care appointments. Released yesterday, the audit of ...

Army Boosts Value of IT Deal by $774 Million

June 10, 2014 The Army’s hunger for information technology equipment continues unabated, even as the military slims down from the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The service awarded a contract extension valued at $774,000,000 to the six companies that in 2007 won its Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 2 Hardware (ITES-2H) deal ...

Amtrak Eyes Broadband Wi-Fi DC-Boston

June 10, 2014 Amtrak would like to ditch the 10 Mpbs cellular-based Wi-Fi service that frustrates train passengers on its 457-mile Washington-Boston service with slow speeds for trackside access points to provide broadband speeds to support streaming and fat file downloads. Amtrak Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Matt Harrison said yesterday the wireless ...

After 6 Years, VA Has Added Just One Name to Eye Injury Database

May 29, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department has added only one name to an eye injury registry established by Congress in January 2008, senior VA officials told flabbergasted members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee panel on oversight and investigations today. The department also is not in full compliance with standards established in ...