Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)

Test is the best tool you can utilize to identify government bid opportunities pertinent to your field of expertise. While can help you identify bid notifications this is only half of the battle to winning a bid.  You have to use your expertise to prepare the required bid documents and submit a bid to the proper agency.  For companies that are new to government bidding this can be an intimidating process.


For assistance in preparing your bid, your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) office is a worthwhile and helpful resource for you. PTACs are funded by federal and state government agencies such as Department of Defense (DOD) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Typically, the PTAC services are free of charge or are provided at a nominal cost.


PTACs offer seminars or workshops on various government contracting topics. PTACs employ former government contracting officers who understand what government agencies are looking for from prospective vendors in a bid proposal. The PTAC staff can provide one-on-one mentoring with evaluating contracts, writing bid proposals, answering questions about government contracting, and the post bid proposal evaluation. They can also help you evaluate what you did well and what needs improvement with your bid proposal.

Examples of seminars and workshops offered by PTACS include:

  •  How to develop a marketing plan.
  •  How to price your bid proposal.
  •  How to include relevant experience on similar projects.
  •  An introduction to government contracting.
  •  How to register with S.A.M.
  •  Information on registering as  set asides for Minority Owned small business, Woman     Owned Small Business, Veteran Owned Small Business, and others.



These seminars provide valuable information and shorten your learning curve for those new to the government bid process.  Be sure to check out the resources available to you through your local PTAC office. The websites below offer more information about the resources available to you. (Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers)


Written by: Ford Pearce