Quick Hits

*** The U.S. Army awarded Microsoft a 10-year, $21.8 billion production contract to produce virtual reality headsets for combat troops called the Integrated Visual Augmentation System. The award is a massive scaling up of an other transaction authority contract to prototype headsets based on Microsoft's HoloLens commercial product for military use.

*** Democratic and Republican leaders on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform joined forces in letters sent March 31 to the heads of 23 agencies urging cooperation with ongoing Inspector General investigations.

*** According to a report in Politico, emails from the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs were hacked by Russian operatives in 2020.