Hot Topic - Contracting Innovation with Commercial Solutions Openings (CSO) held on May 17, 2017 with Mr. John M. Tenaglia, Deputy Director, Contract Policy and International Contracting, and Mr. Victor Deal, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Analyst. DoD sought
and received authority in the FY2017 NDAA to employ the CSO source selection concept, in conjunction with awards of FAR-based contracts. The speakers spoke about how CSO has already been used in conjunction with Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for prototype projects and how CSOs may be used for FAR-based contracts, once the statuatory language is implemented in the FAR. The objective of using CSO is to attract more commercial non-traditional contractors when acquiring innovative commercial items, technologies and services. Finally, the presentation addressed elements of the "Other
Transaction Guide to Prototype Projects" that was issued in January 2017.