Project Title: Other Transaction Authority
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 prototype projects and include the option to extend to production. 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 OT agreement can come in a variety of forms and is typically distinguished by whether its purpose is for a research or a prototype project. This document focuses primarily on Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for prototypes. By definition, a prototype developed through OTA may include “a physical or virtual model used to evaluate the technical or manufacturing feasibility or military utility of a particular technology or process, concept, end item, or system.” Hence, a very wide range of activities can be pursued under an OT for prototypes.
In January 2016, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) established an OT Consortium. AFRL selected System of Systems Security (SOSSEC) Inc., Atkinson, New Hampshire, as the Air Force Consortium for prototypes in command, control, communications, and cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) information sharing information systems. To become a member of the consortium, please visit the SOSSEC Consortium website (http://sossecconsortium.com/). Subsequent opportunities will be announced for vendors to compete within the consortium.