WHAT IS AN OTHER TRANSACTION (OT) COLLABORATION?
An “Other Transaction Agreement” or “Other Transaction Authority” (OTA) is a streamlined vehicle that brings innovative research findings and state-of-the-art prototypes from industry to the Federal Government. Congress created the first OTA as a contractual tool for NASA to acquire and apply breakthrough technologies at the advent of the Space Race. Today, OTAs enable fast acquisition of critically needed technologies in areas as diverse as armaments, satellites, medical devices, and electromagnetic spectrum technologies.
ATI invites you to learn more about the world of OTAs and how you can get involved and bring your technologies to the federal market. View our upcoming webinar dates to register to join this live, interactive OTA 101 webinar.
WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT USE OTAs?
Unlike the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation), the OT-based consortium model allows government and industry to communicate more openly, from requirement generation to the proposal stage; it affords greater technology and prototype acquisition speed, getting solutions to end users sooner; and it emphasizes engaging a diverse range of technology suppliers of all sizes, casting a wider net for capturing ideas and innovations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is being a nontraditional defense contractor a requirement to join to the consortium?
No, membership is open to companies and universities which are capable of making a technical contribution to the advancement of technology in the domain in which the consortium operates.
What is a nontraditional defense contractor and how do I discern if my company is one?
A nontraditional is a technology provider that does not typically participate in government sponsored research and development. These companies are often small businesses or new companies. They may have innovative technologies, but may lack the contracting resources and experience to navigate the FAR. The OT model is a good way for these companies to access the federal market.
A nontraditional means “an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period preceding the solicitation of sources by the Department of Defense for the procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.” 10 USC 2302(9)
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Are OT consortia operating in the technology areas my company is engaged in?
ATI builds and manages customized, national technology consortia across technology sectors as diverse as shipbuilding, ordnance, rotorcraft, electromagnetic spectrum, biotechnology, advanced materials development and advanced manufacturing.