On Monday, the Defense Department made a $50 million dollar award to build a key part of the new National Background Investigation System. This new IT will eventually replace the aging systems the Office of Personnel Management uses to process the government's security clearance investigations. But the Defense Information Systems Agency decided to award the project as an "Other Transaction Agreement." As a result, we don't know much about what the project involves. It's also not exactly clear why DISA went the OTA route in the first place instead of open competition. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu and Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the latest award, and DoD's expanding use of OTAs.