Other Transaction Agreements – Trends and Opportunities

This is our last seminar of the Program Year and we’re talking about a timely topic: Other Transaction Agreements (OTA). Learn more about this non-FAR-based acquisition method and how it impacts both current Federal Government contractors and new entrants to the market.


Program Description

OTAs have become an increasingly hot topic in the defense industry, not only for small businesses and non-traditional defense contractors, but also for large government contractors. An Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) is a unique vehicle that certain federal agencies can use to obtain or advance R&D and/or prototypes. OTAs are legally binding acquisition instruments other than contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements. They allow DoD to use streamlined procedures to procure research and development and prototypes and to award follow-on sole-source production contracts. OTAs are not subject to most acquisition laws and regulations. They offer, among other things, a much lower compliance burden and the opportunity to negotiate more favorable intellectual property rights. OTAs have been used to acquire everything from weapons to technologies with broad commercial application. This program will provide an overview of OTAs, including recent DoD guidance, will highlight some of the unique attributes of these types of agreements, and will discuss the potential advantages they offer both established and new entrants to the federal market.

In this seminar attendees will learn about:

  • Other Transaction Agreements, including advantages, eligiblity, applicable DoD policies, terms and conditions, and negotiation strategies.



Friday, June 21, 2019 8:30AM to 10:30AM Registration, Breakfast, and Networking Start at 7:30AM


UNICOM Technology Park Conference Center

15000 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151

UNICOM Technology Park Conference Center

The Chapter plans to broadcast this seminar live over the Internet using Twitter’s Periscope service. This is part of the Chapter’s strategy of making our offerings available virtually to increase membership participation. There is no charge! Viewers do not need to register for this seminar to watch the broadcast; however, the Chapter cannot issue an attendance certificate or CPE credits at this time.

There are several ways to join the broadcast:

  • Use the on air button below. This will launch the Periscope app on your iOS or Android device (account required) or take you to Periscope’s website from your computer (account not required). Note that if you do not have an account you are not able to participate in the chat.
  • Go directly to the Chapter’s Periscope page at 8:30AM by clicking here.
  • Follow us on Twitter. We will tweet when the broadcast starts and you can watch right from that tweet.

The Chapter will update this page if we encounter technical difficulties and cannot broadcast the seminar.


The Presenter

Keith R. Szeliga, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Keith R. Szeliga is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group for Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office. He is also a member of the firm’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Team. Keith represents clients ranging from small businesses to the nation’s largest defense contractors in a broad range of Government contracts matters, including bid protests, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, audits and investigations, subcontracts and teaming agreements, and CDA claims and appeals. Keith advises clients regarding the full spectrum of statutes and regulators applicable to Government contractors including:

  • Government contracts cost and pricing issues, including the Cost Principles, the Cost Accounting Standards, and the Truth in Negotiations Act
  • Rights in technical data, computer software, and patents under Government contracts
  • Personal and organizational conflicts of interest
  • Revolving door and other post-Government employment restrictions
  • Procurement Integrity Act compliance
  • Small business issues relevant to Government contractor mergers and acquisitions
  • Bribery, gratuities, and kickbacks
  • False Claims Act and other fraud allegations
  • The FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule

Other Details

In order to save on printing costs and to give people an option to use a laptop or tablet, we will email the seminar presentation and any materials prior to the event provided the speaker agrees. The UNICOM Technology Park Conference Center provides complimentary Wi-Fi if you prefer to download the presentation files on the day of the event. We will NOT have printed copies available the day of the event. Our event cancellation and inclement weather policy is here.

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Centreville, VA 20120

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