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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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Ask The Chairman - On YouTube

August 21, 2009 Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a well known Twitter and Facebook fan, has now added YouTube to his social media arsenal. Mullen has invited the troops to join him in a YouTube-driven "virtual town hall" between now and the end of the month, and he ...

Brit Praises DoD Guidance Forum

August 20, 2009 Roy Wulff, Chief Information Officer for the British Defence staff at the British Embassy in Washington gave the Pentagon a "well done" for its use of a blog to develop policy within the U.S. Defense Department. In a post on the DoD Web 2.0 Guidance Forum Wulff commented: "I believe ...

VA prepares for flood of education claims under new GI bill

August 20, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department has received only a fraction of the enrollment claims it expects from veterans planning to attend classes this fall under the 2008 GI bill, and is bracing for an onslaught as the school year approaches. As of this week, VA had received 13,000 enrollment claims from ...

Juicy Reports on VA IT Shop Coming

August 19, 2009 The Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general has completed two reports (listed here) whose titles are ripe for tabloid headlines: "Administrative Investigation Misuse of Position, Abuse of Authority, and Prohibited Personnel Practices Office of Information & Technology Washington, D.C." and "Administrative Investigation Nepotism, Abuse of Authority, Misuse of Position, Improper Hiring, ...

Obama and the 9/11 GI Bill

August 19, 2009 Yesterday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix, Ariz., President Obama called for a new reform effort in the Veterans Affairs Department. He said VA should harness the best computer system to cut red tape, reduce the backlog of claims, slash wait times and deliver benefits sooner. The ...

Consultant Eyes Arkansas House Seat

August 17, 2009 Bernie Skoch, an executive vice president with Suss Consulting Inc., wants you to know that he has launched his campaign for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House. The Northwest Arkansas district, which includes Fayetteville and Bentonville, home of Wal-Mart, is currently held by Republican John Boozman, who serves ...

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 ...