Other Transactions: Importance of the Vision Statement

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A “vision statement” is a narrative that memorializes the mutual goals of a project. It might be viewed as similar to the preliminary recitals that were once common in contracts. What is particularly important is the discussion that precedes crafting … Continued

Other Transactions: The Agreements Officer Conundrum

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Other Transactions, for the Department of Defense (DOD), 10 U.S.C. 2371, 2371b and Procurement for Experimental Purposes (10 U.S.C. 2373) have no statutory requirement for the involvement of an “agreements officer.” They certainly do not require an agreement to be … Continued

LAWLESS: Political Appointees, Acquisition Bureaucrats & Lawyers Ignore the Law

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  DOD senior political officials, military service Senior Procurement Executives (Senate confirmed officials), senior career acquisition officials, and their lawyers have in what seems almost a concerted manner refused to implement key Congressional directives embodied in statute.  They have ignored … Continued

Other Transactions: Promote Collaboration to Solve and Deliver

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Flexible Other Transactions authorities (OTs) offer greater opportunity to interface with a variety of beneficial program/project partners and establish fruitful collaborative relationships. The dominate workforce generation, Millennials, values collaborative working environments and developing synergy between parties.  They grew up online … Continued

DOD, COVID-19 and Other Transactions

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  Early in the COVID pandemic crisis DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were directed to cooperate in coming up with a response to the crisis.  They entered a memorandum of understanding on their cooperation on … Continued

Using SBIR Funding to Award Other Transactions Agreements (OTA)

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The DoD and federal government are missing out!  So too are large segments of the industrial base.  A result of an inability to conceptualize the obvious synergy between the Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR) and Other Transactions (OTs) and related … Continued

2021 NDAA – All Systems GO for Other Transactions! but curiosity about so-called “consortia”

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  Two provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 are likely to impact DOD’s use of Other Transactions (OT). One provision (sec.833) directly references 10 U.S.C. 2371 and 2371b OTs, but will probably have modest effect.  Another provision … Continued

New Administration: New Acquisition System?

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New acquisition policy initiatives from current Department of Defense leadership are unlikely in their remaining few weeks. The new administration, however, has a chance to hit the ground running by implementing congressional mandates and recommendations that have been ignored or … Continued