An Overview of OTAs

When it comes to government contracts, there is no “one size fits all” model. Factors like timing, quantity, location, item type, and cost can greatly impact what type of contract is needed to solicit the right kind of response. Our research team provides expertise when it comes to understanding the variety of contracts used by the government. This allows us to provide expert counseling to our clients as they pursue relevant opportunities.

But, what happens when these aspects are not well defined and instead appear more fluid? How does the government solicit for things like inclusive research and framework development?

Between contractors and the relevant government customers, there are many reasons why typical contract types including Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQs) or GSA Schedules may not be the right fit. Luckily, they can use an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to address these types of situations.

OTAs are typically not subject to the same federal laws and requirements as other contracts might be (in fact, they are not even contracts to begin with). While this might sound counterproductive, an OTA can take many forms to apply to the needs of the government regarding research or prototyping. In addition, recent amendments have allowed FAR-based procurements to be associated with OTAs.

As a result, OTAs provide a wide range of flexibility, are generally quicker, and bestow accessibility where other traditional contract types might fall short. They are not without limitations though. OTA requirements are subject to change, so it’s important to stay updated on the award eligibility.

Interested in pursuing an OTA? Let JetCo Solutions help you through every step of the way.

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