Other Transaction Authority (OTA)
A legal instrument (award) issued by the federal government that is not a contract, cooperative agreement or grant. There is no standard set of regulations or template for this award. The only defining characteristic would be the federal government’s identification of the award as an Other Transaction Authority or OTA.
When we receive an OTA we must pay close attention to the terms and conditions in the agreement as they likely differ from what we are used to seeing in federal grants and contracts.
Some agencies with the authority to use OTAs are NASA, the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Health and Human Services (including NIH), and Department of Energy (DOE).
Other Transaction Authority is a project type on the eGC1 in SAGE.
- Defense Acquisition University OT guide for DoD staff
- NIH Office of Acquisition Management:
- Knowledge Navigator: Other Transaction Authority