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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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Cost of Selling 'Net Monitoring to Iran

June 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the case of Siemens Medical, the answer comes out to at least $267 million, the value of the three-year contract the Defense Department awarded the company in March for radiology systems. That contract, as well as a whole mess of other business Siemens Medical does with the federal government, ...

Senators want to bar contracts to foreign companies selling IT to Iran

June 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two senators plan to introduce a bill that would bar foreign companies that sell technology to Iran from receiving federal contracts. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said they wrote up the legislation after the Wall Street Journal reported on June 22 that a joint venture of ...

A Cloud for the GI Bill System

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the Thursday hearing hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee on the post-9/11 GI bill, Mark Krause, a Veterans Affairs Department program manager who works at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, said he is eyeing the use of cloud computing to host a spiffy ...

House panel rejects funding for integrated case system at Justice

June 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Appropriations Committee withheld $42.2 million from the Justice Department's 2010 budget request for deploying the Litigation Case Management System, which a March report by the Justice inspector general called "significantly behind schedule, over budget and at significant risk of not meeting the department's long-term enterprise litigation case management." ...

CTO Levin to Do VA's Tech Vision Thing

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has hired Peter Levin, a White House fellow in the Clinton administration, as its new chief technology officer in the office of the secretary and senior advisor to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Press Secretary Katie Roberts told me. Roberts said Levin -- a tech whiz who ...

Ondra Not a candidate for VA Post

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Monday I suggested that Dr. Stephen Ondra, an Army Gulf War vet who is a professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, had the inside track for appointment as under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration. Not so, said ...

From Nextgov.com: VA says it's on schedule to process new education claims on time

June 25, 2009 When Congress passed a bill expanding veterans benefits to include generous tuition and cost-of-living payments, veterans groups and critics worried the Veterans Affairs Department didn't have time to build a computer system to process the applications. But VA is processing claims faster than it receives them thanks to new information ...

VA says it's on schedule to process new education claims on time

June 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Congress passed a bill expanding veterans benefits to include generous tuition and cost-of-living payments, veterans groups and critics worried the Veterans Affairs Department didn't have time to build a computer system to process the applications. But VA is processing claims faster than it receives them thanks to new information ...

So Much for Low Key Cyber Approach

June 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some of my military public affairs contacts tell me that the Pentagon really, really wanted to take a low-key approach to the establishment of a new Cyber Command. That strategy failed when a memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates was leaked to about every news outlet on the planet, but ...

Recognizing the Lionesses

June 24, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the United States started operations in Iraq, a small group of military women, known as Lionesses, has provided support to combat units, and the House Armed Services Committee thinks its time they received recognition and support from both the Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department. The Lionesses were ...