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Bob Brewin

Editor at Large 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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VA Still Mulling Timeline for New Scheduling System

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last month, acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said development of a new scheduling system would help move veterans out of the waiting-list limbo that delayed vets’ medical care across the country and contributed to the resignation of Eric Shinseki as VA Secretary. “Our top priority is getting veterans off ...

Bonusland: Nuke Waste Dump Contractor Awarded $1.9M after Fire

July 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Put this in the strange but true department: This February, the Energy Department awarded Nuclear Waste Partnership--which operates the country’s only underground nuclear waste dump--a $1.9 million performance bonus for excellent work five days after a mining truck caught fire in the facility, the Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday in a ...

E-Prescriptions Hit 1 Billion for First Time in 2013

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electronic prescriptions in the United States hit 1 billion for the first time in 2013 and eclipsed the number of written new and renewal prescriptions of 800,000 by 200,000, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health information Technology reported. This spike marked a ten-fold increase from 2008 when only ...

So, Which Agency Needs an Executive Chef with a Top Secret Clearance?

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sodexo, the food services company, “is seeking a strong executive chef to manage all the culinary operations at a high-profile government dining account in Northern Virginia. The successful candidate must be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance [emphasis included],” according to a job posting on the company’s website. Steven Aftergood, ...

A Tip for VBA: Don’t Try to Spy on Congressional Staff

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Staffers from the House veterans affairs' committee showed up at the Veterans Benefits Administration regional office in Philadelphia on July 2 in response to complaints from frontline employees. The staffers met with Philadelphia managers in a fourth-floor conference room and then were told another room had been prepared for them ...

Hearing: VBA Changed Dates on Claims to Make Them Look New

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration changed dates on claims to make them appear new, manipulated data, and misplaced and possibly shredded thousands of claims documents, VBA employees and the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general told a House VA committee last night. VBA employees who testified at the epic hearing, which ...

The VA Paid More Than $40 Million in Improper Claims Last Year

July 14, 2014 The Veterans Benefits Administration inaccurately processed 17,600 of 56,500 claims under a crash, two-month project kicked off in April 2013 to eliminate claims older than 2 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported today. The rush to get these claims processed resulted in improper payments of $40.4 million. ...

Pentagon 1992 Memo Detailed Information Warfare Strategy

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over a year after the debut of the World Wide Web, Donald Atwood, then-deputy secretary of defense, detailed a high-level information warfare strategy in a Dec. 21, 1992 directive. The once-SECRET directive posted on the Defense Department Freedom of Information Act reading room website said U.S. Armed Forces should ...

VA Had 31 Percent Error Rate in Crash 2013 Claims Processing Project

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration inaccurately processed 17,600 of 56,500 claims under a crash, two-month project kicked off in April 2013 to eliminate claims older than 2 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported today. The rush to get these claims processed resulted in improper payments of $40.4 million. ...

On the Trail of the Elusive ‘Contractor Sustainment Re-vector’

July 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Monday, June 30, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $38.8 increase to its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) contract for something dubbed “System Interim Contractor Sustainment Re-vector.” Huh? I have covered the Defense Department for more than 25 years and have never encountered ...