This pivot back to a traditional insight/oversight system for the final stage of the Crew Program was 100% intentional.
That must be why it was such a surprise to everyone, including the people who no longer work in the commercial crew office after they fought hard to stop it.
Maybe the way that I wrote that is causing some confusion. I don't mean that it was always the plan to structure the Crew Transport Systems developments so that the final phase would be a contract. I mean that when it came time move from CCiCap to CCtCap, NASA looked at their history of the development so far and the results from COTS and determined that using an SAA would not give them the level of insight/oversight they felt they needed. Additionally, they felt they needed to be able to set requirements--which they can't do under an SAA. That's why there was a switch to contract. This clearly wasn't the original plan as crew transport was initially envisioned under COTS Part D.
My comment was in response to rockets4life97's and it was intended to point out that that ship had sailed. As soon as NASA switched to contracts, it was obvious that the era of "more hands off" or "lighter touch" was over. I was trying to explain that that was an intentional change.