Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)

There are many benefits to using an OTA, primarily in decreased acquisition time and cost. There are other notable benefits, making the OTA a unique and desirable tool for program and contract managers alike, including:

  • An OTA is not a contract, grant or cooperative agreement. As a result, OTA Initiatives are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or its supplements.
  • Federal funding generally can be obligated more quickly, and Initiatives are awarded in less time than typical FAR-based contracts.
  • The Government may collaborate with contractors in tailoring the terms to the Initiative and the needs of the performing member(s), achieving the best approach to fulfilling the Government’s technology needs.
  • Government rights to intellectual property are negotiable on an Initiative-by-Initiative basis.
  • OTA Initiatives are awarded on a Firm Fixed Price basis.
  • Payments are made based on measurable milestone achievements.
  • Competition is required only to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Awards are not subject to protest.

UAH is members of two Consortium with OTAs.  Please note all communications to establish an award under either OTA to UAH, must start with the Federal Sponsoring Agency and the Consortium (CEED and/or C5).

If you have any questions, please contract Gloria Greene, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at greeneg@uah.edu or X2657.