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What is Other Transaction Authority (OTA)?
Other Transactions (OTs) are legally binding instruments that may be used to engage industry and academia for a broad range of research and prototyping activities. OTs are typically defined by what they are not: they are not standard procurement contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements. As such, they are generally not subject to the federal laws and regulations that apply to government procurement contracts (e.g., FAR/DFARS). An “other transaction” agreement comes in a variety of forms and is typically distinguished according to whether its purpose is for research or a prototype.
What is the benefit of using OTA?
As an alternative to the complex Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which may discourage small businesses and other non-traditional contractors from seeking to work with the Government, OTAs provide a commonsense, flexible and user-friendly way of linking buyers and sellers of advanced technologies through a rapid, efficient and cost-effective acquisition instrument. An OTA replaces nothing. It simply is an additional tool that Congress has authorized to help Government program managers accomplish their missions.
OTAs offer great flexibility in tailoring the terms to a particular project and the needs of the participants, achieving the best approach to fulfilling the Government’s technology needs. Projects can therefore be awarded more quickly and cost-efficiently and engage more small and large businesses, as well as academic institutions
Who is eligible to receive an OT award?
Any commercial or academic institution is eligible to receive an OT award. However, OTs may only be executed in the following circumstances:
• The awardee is a non-traditional defense contractor.
- Non-traditional contractors are defined by statute as those entities that are not currently performing and has not performed for at least one-year prior to an OT solicitation:
1) any contract or subcontract subject to full coverage under the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS); or
2) any other contract in excess of $700,000 under which the contractor is required to submit certified cost or pricing data.
• The awardee is a traditional defense contractor, but at least one of the following apply:
- A non-traditional contractor is participating to a “significant” extent.
“Significant” participation can refer to any of the following:
• Supplying a new key technology or product;
• Accomplishing a significant amount of the effort;
• Causing a material reduction in cost or schedule; and/or
• Causing an increase in performance.
The awardee provides a financial or in-kind cost share – typically, a 1/3 cost share is required.
The Service Acquisition Executive makes a written determination that exceptional circumstances justify use of OTA for the purpose of executing innovative business models or structures that would not be feasible or appropriate with a FAR-based contract.
Consortiums are formed to manage the OTA’s for the government customer. You must be a member to submit white papers. The University of Arizona is a member of the following OTAs:
Focus Areas: Synthetic Terrain, gaming technologies, soldier immersion, cyber training, medical simulation and training, live fire training, artificial intelligence, cross domain simulation, instrumentation and test
Focus Areas: Environmental Quality and Installations, Remediation and Decontamination, Manufacturing and Maintenance, Operational Energy, Engineer Systems, Resilient Facilities, and Infrastructure, Civil Works, Unmanned Systems and Robotics, Logistics, Combat and Protective Clothing, Force Protection and Sustainment, Demilitarization, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threat Reduction, Unexploded Ordnance Detection and Neutralization, Infantry Weapon Systems, Fires and Ammunition, Ground, Sea and Air Vehicles, Identify Dominance/Biometrics, Training Systems, Enabling Technologies
Focus Areas: Offensive and Defensive Cyber Operations, Situational Understanding, C4ISR and Targeting, System-of-Systems Architecture, Tactical and Strategic Networks, Enterprise Systems, Software and Hardware Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Forensics, Analytics, Systems Integration, Electronic Warfare, Positioning, Navigation and Timing, Information Operations, Intelligence Analysis, Exploitations and Disseminations, Mobility and Autonomy, Sensors,Modeling and Simulation, Training, Enabling Technologies
MCDC (Medical CBRN Defense Consortium) http://www.medcbrn.org/About.html
Focused on technology areas specifically related to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) mission.
* Information Warfare Research Project (IRWP) https://www.theiwrp.org/
Focus areas: Cyber Warfare, data science/analytics technologies, assured communications, cloud computing, enterprise resource tools collaboration and social networking, autonomy, Internet of Things, mobility, model based systems engineering, on-demand manufacturing, assured command and control, integrated fires, Battlespace awareness.
* Space Enterprise Consortium Technology (SpEC) https://www.space-enterprise-consortium.org/
Focus Areas: Space, Ground Control Stations, Propulsion, communication, Range Utilization, On-Orbit Operations and Protocols, Systems Survivability, Sensors, Advanced Materials Applications, Defense Applications.
MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) https://www.msrdconsortium.org/
Focus Areas: Energy, materials science & engineering; computational, information & analytical sciences; Medical, healthcare & human p[performance sciences; CBRN Defense Research; communications, electronics & cyber research; Munition & Armament systems technologies.
Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) https://mtec-sc.org/
Focus Areas: Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases; care of combat casualties; Clinical and rehabilitative medicine; military operational medicine; medical simulation and information sciences; Advanced Medical Technologies.
DoD increases Use of OT
DoD accounted for $2.1B of $2.3B spent through OTAs in 2017
The Army is a leader in the use of OTAs
Check out this site for OTA Trends, Points of Interest, and Entry Points
Current listing of some other Consortiums
* Training and Readiness Accelerator (TREX)
*University of Arizona is a member or in the process of becoming a member