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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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Is This the Best Source of Ebola Info?

September 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ReliefWeb, a website operated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, stands out as a rich source of information on the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the international response by governments and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. Designed for use by humanitarian organizations, ReliefWeb ...

Printing Office Releases Digital Version of Report on JFK Assassination

September 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office today released a digital version of the entire Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy to commemorate the 50 years since the printed version of the report first rolled off the agency’s presses. In conjunction with the Boston Public Library, GPO first ...

Navy Unveils Energy Warrior App

September 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy launched its Energy Warrior app last week available on Apple and Android iThings, which focuses on energy conservation efforts around the fleet. The app also serves on alternative energy projects ashore and afloat, including the use of biofuels on air, ship and shore installations. In addition, the Energy ...

Review Finds Few Efficiences in the Pentagon's Joint Basing Plan

September 21, 2014 The consolidation of 26 standalone military bases into 12 joint facilities has not resulted in increased efficiency nor cost savings, the Government Accountability Office said in a report published today that suggested the Pentagon re-evaluate the project. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission kicked off the consolidation process on ...

GAO: Joint Basing Does Not Increase Efficiency

September 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The consolidation of 26 standalone military bases into 12 joint facilities has not resulted in increased efficiency nor cost savings, the Government Accountability Office said in a report published today that suggested the Pentagon re-evaluate the project. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission kicked off the consolidation process on ...

Air Force Video Selfie Winners

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force asked its enlisted airmen to submit video selfies and selected three finalists at this week’s Air and Space conference. The winner of the contest was Tech. Sgt. Brian Williams, 87th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, who used his video to illustrate a career ...

DOD to Provide Command and Control for West Africa Ebola Mission

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department will deploy 3,000 troops to West Africa to provide command, control and logistics support for the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic, which President Barack Obama said yesterday is “spiraling out of control.” This support will cost DOD $500 million reprogrammed from fiscal 2014 oversees contingency funds ...

Watch the VA IG/Congress Battle Tomorrow

September 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Veterans Affairs Committee plans a hearing tomorrow, and it could be a doozy. In focus will be a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general that says no deaths resulted from extensive wait times and schedule manipulation at the VA hospital in Phoenix. The Washington Examiner ...

VA Lays Groundwork for Private Health Care

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to outsource issuance and administration of the “Veteran's Choice Card,” a key provision of legislation signed last month by President Barack Obama that allows veterans to seek health care from private providers outside the Veterans Health Administration network of 950-plus hospitals and clinics. In ...

Who Didn’t Win a Piece of This Army Infosec Deal?

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last Friday, the Army awarded 18 companies $7.2 billion worth of indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts for “flexible, comprehensive, cost-effective services to support the Army's need for fully integrated intelligence, security, information operations and related support.” The contracts run through 2019. The winners include 11 large firms tapped for $5 billion in ...