What is an Other Transaction (OT) Collaboration?

This model is a streamlined way for the government to obtain new technology solutions from industry and academia. OT-based collaborations are not subject to some of the regulations that apply to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based acquisitions.

Why do I want to join?

Unlike the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation), the OT-based consortium model allows government and industry to communicate more openly, from requirement generation to the proposal stage; it affords greater technology and prototype acquisition speed, getting solutions to end users sooner; and it emphasizes engaging a diverse range of technology suppliers or all sizes, casting a wider net for capturing ideas and innovations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there membership dues?

Member companies pay annual dues to belong to an OT-based collaboration.

How much are membership dues?

Dues vary depending on size and type of company, differing from consortium to consortium.

What do membership dues pay for?

Annual dues and project award assessments pay for consortium activities, such as but not limited to: consortium support, meeting costs and support, member application processing, membership management (“good standing” tracking, etc.), executing and managing the financial processes, dues and assessment invoicing and collection, communications efforts, business development and strategic planning efforts, maintaining public and private websites, and supporting any other subcontractors.

Is being a nontraditional defense contractor a requirement to join to the consortium?

No, membership is open to companies and universities which are capable of making a technical contribution to the advancement of technology that the consortium operates. Some consortia allow non-U.S. companies to participate.

What is a nontraditional company?

A nontraditional is a technology provider that does not typically participate in government sponsored research and development. These companies are often small or new. They may have innovative technologies, but they lack the contracting resources and experience to navigate the FAR. The OT model is a good way for these companies to access the federal market.

How can my company discern if it is a Non-Traditional Defense Contractor?

A nontraditional means “an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period preceding the solicitation of sources by the Department of Defense for the procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.” 10 USC 2302(9)

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How long will it take to get the membership application approved after a company submits?

Typically, one week or less if an application is complete. If an application is incomplete, the Consortium Management Firm will call the applicant to discuss any missing elements.

Are OT consortia operating in the technology areas my company is engaged in?

ATI builds and manages customized, national technology consortia across technology sectors as diverse as shipbuilding, ordnance, motorcraft, electromagnetic spectrum, biotechnology, advanced materials development and advanced manufacturing.