#1 Explain the Commercial Area Announcement process.
#2 Can O&M Appropriations be used to fund a BAA action?
Although you do not work for the Navy or Marine Corps, NMCARS 5212.90
provides an excellent summary of what the Commercial Area Announcement process involves.
A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a general announcement of an agency’s research interest, including criteria for selecting proposals and soliciting the participation of all offerors capable of satisfying the Government’s need. As prescribed at FAR 35.016
it is typically used for research and development, and would require the use of RDT&E funds instead of O&M funds.