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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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Compact field system keeps commanders plugged in without weighing them down

October 29, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Think of military command-and-control (C2) systems for contingency operations, and the mind conjures up visions of large, trailer-mounted satellite dishes or banks of routers and switches in a truck or Humvee that provide data and communication feeds for commanders in the field. But at the Joint Communications Support Element -- ...

VA Seeks Help for GI Claims Work

October 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This just in . . . The Veterans Affairs Department announced on Wednesday that it plans to contract for outside help to process what it called an "unprecedented" amount of education claims generated by the post-9/11 GI bill. VA said that the claims, when combined with the standard high volume ...

From Nextgov.com: VA will turn to a contractor to reduce backlog of GI educational benefits

October 28, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department said it issued a solicitation for temporary contractor support to help process what it called an unprecedented volume of educational benefit claims it has received since the post-9/11 GI bill went into effect. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

VA will turn to a contractor to reduce backlog of GI educational benefits

October 28, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department said it issued a solicitation for temporary contractor support to help process what it called an unprecedented volume of educational benefit claims it has received since the post-9/11 GI bill went into effect. The contract "will assist VA in delivering education benefits to our veterans as ...

Where's VA's Report?

October 27, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week I reported that the Veterans Affairs Department didn't include education claims data in an online report, called the Monday Morning Workload Report, which details pending claims managed by the Veterans Benefits Administration. Through the end of September, VBA presented the pending disability, education and even burial claims data ...

For Shinseki, Vets Before Reporters

October 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Friday, I traveled to Duke University in Durham, N.C., for dedication of a memorial to Duke graduates who lost their lives in action since WW II, including the best company commander I ever had, Marine Maj. Corky Ram, where Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was the featured speaker. VA ...

VA to deploy automated tool to speed up vets' education benefits

October 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said the tool will make a "big difference" in the processing of education claims.Susan Walsh/AP DURHAM, N.C. -- Next month, the Veterans Affairs Department will deploy an automated tool that will make a "big difference" in the processing of claims for education benefits for veterans attending ...

From Nextgov.com: VA to deploy automated tool to speed up vets' education benefits

October 26, 2009 DURHAM, N.C. -- Next month, the Veterans Affairs Department will deploy an automated tool that will make a "big difference" in the processing of claims for education benefits for veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told Nextgov late last week. Read the full story ...

Honoring Marine Maj. Corky Ram

October 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DURHAM, N.C. -- I'm at Duke University this Friday for dedication of a memorial to the Duke graduates who lost their lives on active duty since World War II, including the best company commander I ever had the privilege to serve, Maj. Cornelius "Corky" Ram. Corky had a gift of ...

Oops, Forgot That Education Data

October 22, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department manages a whole bunch of claims -- for disability, education and even burial benefits. Until this month, the department presented data on pending claims in a relatively straightforward fashion in a spreadsheet called the Monday Morning Workload Report. But starting on Oct. 5, the Veterans Benefits ...