Other Transaction Authority

Carahsoft has access to the following consortiums that include 9 OTAs. As Other Transaction Agreements rise in popularity Carahsoft has built out a team dedicated to simplify the procurement process one step further. We are taking action to educate and assist our customers about the foreign procurement vehicles known as OTAs.


CMG consortia are composed of leading companies, academic institutions and other organizations with recognized and leading expertise in the respective mission areas to form an enterprise that the Government can access directly through a single, flexible, long-term acquisition instrument. In doing so, CMG fulfills its mission of accelerating the deployment of technologies to the Warfighter and the nation in a manner consistent with the goals established by the Congress for a streamlined acquisition alternative. The result is a reduction in the Government’s procurement costs, in both dollars and time. And in the process, CMG has built a broad understanding of the technology landscape as it relates to current and future DoD capability needs.

CMG currently manages three OTA consortia: Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization (CEED); Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5); and Naval Aviation Systems Consortium (NASC). Each holds a Section 815 OTA, which provides the legal framework and contractual means for members to collaborate with government customers to provide innovative solutions within the respective technology domains.

Supported Customers:

  • Department of the Army
  • Marine Corps Systems Command


The Consortium was specifically formed to address the needs of the Department of Defense (DoD). It is founded on a simple concept: that collaboration, innovation, and cooperation among a broad spectrum of industry, academia and non-profits vastly improves the products and services delivered to its clients. This concept, combined with a competitive environment among Consortium membership, supported by quality oversight by SOSSEC, Inc., ensures low-risk, lowest-cost, and the best-of-breed delivery of prototype solutions to our clients. Most traditional companies do not provide the breadth of capabilities that we do.

Supported Customers:

  • US Air Force Life Cycle Management center
  • US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
  • US Army
  • US Army Special Operations Command
  • US Marine Corps
  • US Department of Homeland Defense
  • US Navy Naval Air Command (NAVAIR)
  • US Air Force Propulsion Consortium Initiative
  • Army EIS (COBRA)


IWRP’s mission is to advance Naval and Marine Corps information warfare capabilities through a consortium that supports research, development and prototyping. While also advancing Naval and Marine Corps information warfare capabilities through a consortium that supports research, development and prototyping and enabling rapid research, access to innovative commercial solutions for defense requirements, and innovations from industry, academia and non-traditionals.

Supported Customers:

  • Department of the Navy
    • US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
  • United States Marine Corps


SpEC builds partnerships between commercial industry, the civil space sector, and others to leverage increased flexibility and agility, reduce cost, improve technology and capability insertion, and decrease cycles in the development and deployment of next generation space technologies. SpEC collaboration and prototype development reduces risk and increases constellation refresh rates to improve the availability of new technology on-orbit, and improve system responsiveness and survivability. The goals emphasize more frequent, regularly scheduled launches and spacecraft designed to fit on standardized launchers with standardized interfaces for faster, more predictable access to space.

Supported Customers:

  • Department of the Airforce
    • Air Force and Missile Systems Center


The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium collaborating under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) that serves those who serve our nation. Over the last decades, our warfighters have suffered devastating trauma. So much injury, so many lives compromised. We need solutions and we need them now. In partnership with the Department of Defense and private support, MTEC is working to prevent injuries and accelerate the development of revolutionary medical solutions that will enhance wound healing, and return the wounded to fully functioning lives. Ultimately, all citizens will benefit from these technologies and health care solutions.

Supported Customer:

  • U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)


The Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC) supports the CBP and other potential customers within DHS in providing collaborative R&D and rapid prototyping/piloting capabilities germane to the border security domain.

A group of large and small businesses, non-profit organizations and academic research institutions quickly coalesced in the spring of 2012 to form the nucleus of the BSTC. The desired objective is for the BSTC to provide a “one stop” source for capabilities across the border security technology spectrum, including:

  • Surveillance and monitoring
  • Identification and assessment
  • Targeting and intelligence
  • Communications and information management
  • Apprehension/detention/seizure/removal
  • and other border security – related capabilities

Supported Customers:

  • Department of Homeland Security
    • Customs and Border Protection


The National Armaments Consortium (NAC) is the largest collaborative organization working with the DoD to develop armament technologies in support of our Nation’s security.

Our Focus:

  • Transition technology to the Warfighter fast
  • Promote innovation
  • Recruit a community of world-class technologists
  • Collaboration between government, industry, and academia
  • Remove barriers
  • Promote nontraditional defense contractor contributions and participation
  • Promote and enable the MIB
  • Support the Nation’s equities in RD&A, OTA, and future capabilities

Supported Customers:

  • Department of Defense
    • Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • U.S. Army
    • Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
  • U.S. Navy