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Agencies use OTAs, other transaction authority contracts, for $12.5 billion in pandemic spending. The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security use OTAs to stay flexible and respond quickly, which sparks questions about transparency and accountability.

  • Jason Knudson, vice president of product development at Second Front Systems and former Chief of Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell, said OTAs meet the basic principles of public procurement, such as competition, transparency and accountability, in a different way than the traditional Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) contracting method.
  • Knudson said OTAs are more lightweight, flexible and similar to commercial contracts than FAR but require additional knowledge.
  • To access a larger workforce and take full advantage of OTAs, agency leaders should remove the bias that they must understand FAR in order to use OTAs, said Knudson.
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