In the little-understood realm of other transaction authorities, there is a widely used but even more obscure contracting model: the consortium.
When federal contracting offices with OT authority — an alternative procurement method outside the Federal Acquisition Regulation — issue a contract, they sometimes will solicit a consortium, or group of traditional and nontraditional government contractors self-organized around a specific technological area. A consortium management company — often billed as a non-profit — will then be given exclusive access to the requirements to distribute among its association’s members.
The consortium model has been used since the early days of OT contracting at the Defense Department, and is now used in civilian agencies with OT authority like the Energy Department and Transportation Security Administration.
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This is part of a series about ‘other transaction’ authorities. Read the first part here.