Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Contact your local PTAC for government contracting help

Determining Suitability for Contracting: The government marketplace poses unique challenges that can overwhelm or even ruin a company that does not have the maturity and resources needed to meet them. A PTAC counselor can help you determine if your company is ready for government opportunities and how to best position yourself to succeed.

Researching Procurement Histories: "What agencies have bought products like yours in the past? Which companies have been awarded these contracts? How much have they been paid?" Answers to questions like these are necessary to guide your marketing strategy and give you a competitive edge. Your PTAC can help you ask the right questions and get the information you need to succeed.

Networking: Most PTACs sponsor regular "matchmaking" events, providing critical opportunities to connect with agency buying officers, prime contractors and other businesses that may offer teaming or subcontracting opportunities.

Proposal Preparation: A procurement specialist can help you navigate even the most difficult solicitation package, including securing necessary specifications and drawings and determining pricing. You will never need to pass up a great contract opportunity just because the solicitation is too complicated.

Contract Performance Issues: Even after you've been awarded a contract, your PTAC may be able to help with certain contract performance issues, such as:

  • negotiating and interfacing with the agency
  • developing a cost-accounting system
  • bonding and interim financing
  • developing environmental, quality control and accident prevention plans

Preparing for Audit: When it's time for your contract audit, your local center can make sure you know what to expect. As well as what you will need to have all documentation in order.