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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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Air Force Debuts New Plan to Beat Tech Curve -- ‘Strategic Agility’

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force has proven to have a pretty poor record of predicting the future, so it has decided to adopt the concept of “strategic agility” as its operating philosophy over the next 30 years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing yesterday, the ...

McDonald Stresses Integrity in First Message to VA Employees

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robert McDonald, sworn in as secretary of Veterans Affairs yesterday, emphasized VA institutional values -- integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence -- in his first message to employees today. In an oblique reference to the patient scheduling debacle that has roiled the agency since April, McDonald said: “I recognize that ...

McDonald Takes Over as VA Secretary Today

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following his confirmation as secretary of Veterans Affairs by the Senate yesterday, Robert McDonald will be sworn in this afternoon at what looks to me like at a low-key ceremony at VA HQ rather than at the White House with President Obama. VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillon could not provide me ...

Senate Expected to Confirm McDonald as VA Secretary Today

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate will consider the nomination of former Procter & Gamble CEO, Robert McDonald, to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs with a floor vote at 2:45 p.m. today following an hour of debate. The vote comes a day after the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs ...

A Drawback of the House-Senate VA Bill? Congress Can’t Create Doctors

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legislation announced today by the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees aims to solve the wait-time crisis that has bedeviled veterans for years by providing $10 billion for vets, who live 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs facility, to get treatment from private clinicians. There’s one problem with ...

Did a Misplaced Glove Cause Nuke Waste Dump Fire?

July 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A glove accidentally left in a drum of nuclear waste may have been responsible for rupturing the container leading to the spewing of radiation in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico, in February. That’s according to a new report this week filed by Patrick Malone of the ...

Committee Skeptical of Extra VA Funding, Citing Ballooning Staff Size

July 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee expressed reluctance today to approve a $17.6 billion Veterans Affairs supplemental funding request for additional clinical staff and expanded facilities, in part, because the size of the Veterans Health Administration’s central office staff jumped more than tenfold from the mid-1990s to 2012. Acting ...

No New VA Patient Scheduling System Until 2016

July 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs will not field a new patient scheduling system to replace its existing system until 2016, Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told a House VA committee hearing today. Gibson said the time line for procurement of the new scheduling system is a “bit up in the ...

VA Secretary Nominee Views IT as Key to VA Reform

July 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble chief executive and President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been strongly endorsed by all members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. At his nomination hearing yesterday, McDonald said he would apply his experience with information technology ...

McDonald Will Apply West Point Honor Code, Prayer to His VA Leadership

July 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robert McDonald, former Procter & Gamble chairman, chief executive and president who graduated from West Point in 1975 and then served with the 82nd Airborne division for five years before joining P&G in 1980, yesterday told the Senate VA committee hearing that applying the West Point Honor Code and Prayer ...