Quick Hits

*** The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, a bill to codify the CDM program at the Department of Homeland Security will cost less than $500,000 to implement over five years. The bill in question passed in the House Homeland Security Committee last month.

*** Foreign-owned contractors have received Defense Department contracts for which they are ineligible due to opaque ownership structures that have gone unnoticed by contracting officers. Such awards have led to leaks of sensitive information to foreign-owned companies and the acquisition of defective parts, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.

*** The Department of Veterans Affairs reports a 17% year-over-year increase in the use of agency telehealth services in fiscal 2019. The agency reported an overall total of 2.6 million instances of telehealth care, while usage of the VA Video Connect app, which allows access to care from a patients' home computer or tablet, was up 235%.