Government Contracting

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

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What is a PTAC?

PTACs are non-profit organizations located throughout the United States which provide contracting assistance to businesses pursuing work with Federal, State and Local government agencies. This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The Northwest Commission PTAC is a business tool that enables companies located in our region (the Pennsylvania counties of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren) to more competitively pursue and obtain government work—including prime and subcontract work at the Federal, State and Local levels of government—by providing information, opportunities and technical assistance. The Northwest Commission PTAC is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).  If your business is located outside the Northwest Commission’s 8-county region, visit to find the PTAC near you.

What will this service cost?

In cooperation with the US Department of Defense (DoD), our PTAC is designed to assist companies on how to market and sell their products and/or services to the DoD, other federal agencies, and state and local governments. Our services are offered FREE OF CHARGE! Become a client.

The results

Last year we served 172 businesses in our region, providing counseling, instruction and bid opportunities to representatives of each of these firms. We assisted clients in winning 330 government prime contracts and subcontracts worth a total of over $75 million in FY2019.

Examples of key assistance you can obtain through the Northwest Commission PTAC:

    • Assistance with understanding DFARS cyber security regulations and SSP compliance
    • Determine suitability for government contracting
    • Assistance with identifying bid opportunities and past procurement histories/awards
    • Assist with Local, State and Federal registrations including: – System for Award Management (SAM) – PA Department of General Services (DGS) Vendor Registration – DIBBS Vendor Registration – Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF)/ iRAPT Registration
    • Assist with Federal Set-Aside Programs including: – 8(a) – Small Disadvantaged Business – HUBZone – Veteran Owned Small Business – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – Woman Owned Small Business – Minority or Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Certification (Pennsylvania)
    • One-on-one assistance with interpreting solicitations and bid packages
    • Electronic bid matching service for federal, state and local bid opportunities
    • Market research and past pricing history
    • Preparation for Pre-Award Surveys
    • Post-award assistance
    • Information on Mentor-Protégé Programs, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and other government procurement programs and regulations
    • Assistance in seeking subcontracting opportunities with government prime contractors

“This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.” Please feel free to contact DLA with feedback on the your local PTAC program:

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