Easy access to all the Government news updates

Subscribe and receive personalized news articles straight in your inbox

*By clicking "Join us now" you agree to receive emails, promotions and general messages from ExecutiveGov. In addition, you also agree to ExecutiveGov's Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

x
/

GAO Reports Rise in Pentagon’s Use of OTAs for Prototype Programs

1 min read

The Government Accountability Office found a significant increase in the use of other transaction agreements by the Department of Defense for prototype projects from fiscal year 2016 to FY 2018.

GAO said Friday DoD awarded 618 OTAs in FY 2018 valued at $3.7B, up from 384 OTAs in FY 2017 worth approximately $2.1B and 248 transactions in FY 2016 valued at $1.4B.

The U.S. Army awarded the most OTAs and 88 percent of such agreements awarded during the period involved companies that do not usually do business with the Pentagon.

The congressional watchdog’s review of 11 OTAs showed that two of the transactions were not reviewed by DoD agreements officers prior to award. Those two transactions were awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Army Contracting Command-New Jersey.

DARPA and ACC-New Jersey plan to initiate measures to address issues related to OTA reviews.

ExecutiveGov Logo

Sign Up Now! Executive Gov provides you with Free Daily Updates and News Briefings about Contract Awards