Cindy Shaver: Navy Looking to Mitigate OTA Abuse

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Cindy Shaver, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for procurement within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, said she seeks to prevent consortia’s abuse of other transaction authority agreements, FCW reported Monday.

Shaver told attendees at an AFCEA event that she seeks to control the amount of OTAs, which should be used to encourage small and nontraditional companies to work with the government on research and development efforts.

“I want to make sure that, from an industry perspective, you know what technology is covered by which consortium OTA because if you have to join all of them, that will undermine the exact purpose and create a barrier to entry to what the tool is for,” she said.

According to Shaver, the Navy increased its OTA use and used the authority for 120 out of 240,000 contracting activities. She added that OTA awards were valued at $250,000 to $1 million.

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