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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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So, Which Agency Needs an Executive Chef with a Top Secret Clearance?

July 16, 2014 Sodexo, the food services company, “is seeking a strong executive chef to manage all the culinary operations at a high-profile government dining account in Northern Virginia. The successful candidate must be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance [emphasis included],” according to a job posting on the company’s website. Steven Aftergood, ...

A Tip for VBA: Don’t Try to Spy on Congressional Staff

July 15, 2014 Staffers from the House veterans affairs' committee showed up at the Veterans Benefits Administration regional office in Philadelphia on July 2 in response to complaints from frontline employees. The staffers met with Philadelphia managers in a fourth-floor conference room and then were told another room had been prepared for them ...

Hearing: VBA Changed Dates on Claims to Make Them Look New

July 15, 2014 The Veterans Benefits Administration changed dates on claims to make them appear new, manipulated data, and misplaced and possibly shredded thousands of claims documents, VBA employees and the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general told a House VA committee last night. VBA employees who testified at the epic hearing, which ...

The VA Paid More Than $40 Million in Improper Claims Last Year

July 14, 2014 The Veterans Benefits Administration inaccurately processed 17,600 of 56,500 claims under a crash, two-month project kicked off in April 2013 to eliminate claims older than 2 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported today. The rush to get these claims processed resulted in improper payments of $40.4 million. ...

Pentagon 1992 Memo Detailed Information Warfare Strategy

July 14, 2014 Just over a year after the debut of the World Wide Web, Donald Atwood, then-deputy secretary of defense, detailed a high-level information warfare strategy in a Dec. 21, 1992 directive. The once-SECRET directive posted on the Defense Department Freedom of Information Act reading room website said U.S. Armed Forces should ...

VA Had 31 Percent Error Rate in Crash 2013 Claims Processing Project

July 14, 2014 The Veterans Benefits Administration inaccurately processed 17,600 of 56,500 claims under a crash, two-month project kicked off in April 2013 to eliminate claims older than 2 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported today. The rush to get these claims processed resulted in improper payments of $40.4 million. ...

On the Trail of the Elusive ‘Contractor Sustainment Re-vector’

July 10, 2014 On Monday, June 30, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $38.8 increase to its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) contract for something dubbed “System Interim Contractor Sustainment Re-vector.” Huh? I have covered the Defense Department for more than 25 years and have never encountered ...

NNSA Taps Cray for New High-Speed Supercomputer for Los Alamos Lab

July 10, 2014 The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded Cray Inc. a $174 million contract to develop a new supercomputer capable of crunching data at speeds measured in multiple quadrillion of operations per second (petaflops) to conduct nuclear weapons simulations. Neither Cray nor NNSA disclosed the speed of the new machine. However, if ...

The Air Force May Have Already Developed Its New Long-Range Bomber

July 9, 2014 While the Air Force is expected to soon issue a request for proposals for its long-range strike bomber, a July 2 Congressional Research Service report made public Tuesday suggests that the service has already developed the aircraft through its classified budget. The CRS report, obtained and posted online by Steven ...

Surprise! The Air Force May Have Already Developed Its Next Bomber

July 9, 2014 While the Air Force is expected to soon issue a request for proposals for its long-range strike bomber, a July 2 Congressional Research Service report made public Tuesday suggests that the service has already developed the aircraft through its classified budget. The CRS report, obtained and posted online by Steven ...