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Bob Brewin

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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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Ukuleles!

August 17, 2009 This one is pure fun. Thanks to Al Gore and the miracle of the Internet, I can listen to radio stations around the world from my home base in The Original Las Vegas, N.M., including BBC Radio 3, which is in the midst of its "Proms" season -- probably the ...

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Outer Limits

August 15, 2009 NASA's post-shuttle space flight plans include a trip to one of Jupiter's four moons. President Obama recognizes the important role NASA's manned space flight programs play in the advancement of science, technology, economic strength and international leadership, according to John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and ...

Wait, Only 57,000 Vet Claims Pending

August 14, 2009 In response to my story on Thursday that the Veterans Affairs Department has a backlog of 191,338 unprocessed educational benefits claims, VA sent along some background information in an attempt to clarify the situation. Although the clarification was somewhat confusing, the background info says that to date VA has received ...

E-health committee calls for multiple groups to certify records systems

August 14, 2009 The top federal panel that sets policies for electronic health records so that a national system can be adopted made recommendations on Friday that would allow multiple organizations to certify electronic record products instead of the one certifying body that exists today. Doctors and hospitals are slated to receive up ...

The Final Four for VHA Job

August 13, 2009 I have some pretty good intel that the Veterans Affairs Department has narrowed its search for new undersecretary of health and head of the Veterans Health Administration to these four candidates: --Dr. John R. Feussner, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. ...

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From Nextgov.com: VA likely to miss deadline to process education benefits claims

August 13, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department has a backlog of nearly 200,000 education benefits claims from veterans just three weeks before universities and colleges start classes for the fall, and it is unlikely VA can process the applications in time, a knowledgeable congressional source said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

VA likely to miss deadline to process education benefits claims

August 13, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department has a backlog of nearly 200,000 education benefits claims from veterans just three weeks before universities and colleges start classes for the fall, and it is unlikely VA can process the applications in time, a knowledgeable congressional source said. Hundreds of thousands of veterans have filed ...

Defense Preps New Web Portal

August 12, 2009 The Defense Department plans to launch a new Web portal, Defense.gov on Aug. 17, which will serve as "the table of contents for DoD," Tom Dorsz, deputy director for the public Web at the Pentagon, told me. The portal will serve as the entry point for public and internal users ...

Butler Tapped for Cyber/Space Policy Slot

August 11, 2009 The Defense Department appointed Robert Butler, who previously ran Computer Science Corp's military intelligence biz in San Antonio, Texas, as the new deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber and space policy. Butler, who will get to wear senior executive service pips in his new job, has extensive cyber experience ...

General Eyeing Top Doc Job?

August 10, 2009 I'm picking up medium strength signals that retired Army Gen. Elder Granger, who served as program executive officer for the TRICARE management activity in the Military Health System, would really like to become the next assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, replacing Dr. S. Ward Casscells, who retired this ...