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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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Targeting youth, Military Health System adds social networking tools

June 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Military Health System has added social networking tools including Twitter, MySpace and YouTube in a push to engage more of the individuals it serves -- the 18- to 24-year-olds who make up a large portion of the more than 1.4 million troops on active duty. MHS' health site is...

VA/SPAWAR Deal: No SEWP

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has an instruction in place that all information technology purchases go through the governmentwide Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP), managed by NASA. Evidently, that instruction does not apply to the work that the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic performs for the VA IT...

New GI Bill Ripoff

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the key tasks the VA IT shop has assigned to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center is the development of a claims processing system for the new GI Bill, formally known as the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act. VA's legacy systems that process veterans' benefits under...

Kudos for fast VA Response

June 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I have complained in the past about my queries to the VA going into as black hole. No more, thanks to Katie Roberts, the new VA press secretary. I sent Roberts an e-mail yesterday morning telling her I anticipated the Inspector General would release the SPAWAR report at 2:30 p.m....

Pile On for $1.5B Navy Contract

June 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At least four major industry teams submitted bids on Wednesday for the Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) contract. And they were not shy about it. Both Boeing and Northrop Grumman touted their abilities in press releases, while BAE Systems signaled its bid this February. Lockheed Martin Corp....

From Nextgov.com: VA 'relinquished oversight' of IT projects under agreement

June 4, 2009 A Veterans Affairs Department internal report released on Thursday found numerous contracting irregularities resulting from an agreement VA signed with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop information technology systems, including a high-profile network to process veterans' educational benefits claims, which has a deadline for completion in August....

VA 'relinquished oversight' of IT projects under agreement

June 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Veterans Affairs Department internal report released on Thursday found numerous contracting irregularities resulting from an agreement VA signed with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop information technology systems, including a high-profile network to process veterans' educational benefits claims, which has a deadline for completion in August....

NPS to Vets: Polish On -- Soon

June 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nick Hansen/hmdb.org The National Park Service plans to accommodate veterans and active duty troops who shine the base of the flagpole at the Vietnam Memorial. But it has asked the polishers to wait until it changes the patina from its original dark brown to a brighter finish, Stephen Lorenzetti, deputy...

Vietnam Memorial Brass Polishing Update

June 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow No one seems to think it's a good idea for the National Park Service to bust a couple of veterans for polishing the brass on the base of the flagpole at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, based on the comments I received on an item I wrote on Monday. Joe Davis,...

Bing, Brewin, Obama and DISA

June 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft's Bing search engine went live today, and I decided to test it against Google with my all-time favorite search term, "Bob Brewin." I'm flattered that the first item returned in the Bob Brewin Bing search was my Nextgov biography. I guess this is relevant, particularly if a searcher wants...

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