When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) work to bring the parties together.
As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 85 percent of the military’s spare parts.
Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states,Â Washington, D.C.,Â Puerto RicoÂ andÂ Guam. The centers provide technical assistance, usually free of charge, to businesses as they pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments and with government prime contractors.
PTAC offers assistance to businesses including registration for systems such as the System for Award Management, identification of contract opportunities, and help in understanding requirements and in preparing and submitting bids.Â The PTACs also support the acquisition workforce in identifying responsible vendors and with other market research. Each center isÂ staffed with experts in the terms, conditions, procedures, rules and regulations relating to government contracts.
“Without the assistance ofÂ Roger JohnsonÂ at the PTAC, I would have found doing business with the federal government very difficult. I recommend that anyone wishing to do business with the federal government seek support from the PTAC,” saidÂ Darrell Starks, owner of Elkhorn Valley Airboats, a small business inÂ Waterloo, Neb.
Mark Santo, president of Mark VII Enterprises, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, attributed much of his company’s success to the assistance and support he received from the PTAC inÂ Omaha, Neb.
“The PTAC assisted during our origination in helping us to setup as a SDVOSB and go after contracting opportunities,” Santo said. “That allowed us to be successful during the economic downturn.”
Jacqueline AlvaradoÂ is president of Century Fire Systems, a woman-owned small business. She reached out to her local PTAC inÂ El Paso, Texas, for help.
“We had the pleasure of working withÂ Julie SuarezÂ and found her to be quite knowledgeable and competent,” Alvarado said. “Because of Ms. Suarez, Century Fire Systems is now certified as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB).”
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Program is executed and carried out by the DLA Office of Small Business Programs.
More information about the program and locations of local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers are available at:http://www.dla.mil/SmallBusiness/Pages/ptap.aspx.