Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)?
Congress created the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) to help businesses seeking to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting. Funded through Cooperative agreements between DoD and state/local entities, PTACs provide a range of expert services at little or no charge. The PTAC Program is managed by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Please visit the DLA website to learn more about the PTAC Program:
What do I need to do to receive assistance from the PTAC?
To receive assistance from the PTAC, you can call us at (570) 655-5581 or email us; Karen Ostroskie, Debbie Phillips or Paula Terpak. The PTAC staff will ask you to enroll in our program by answering a few questions about your business on our standard enrollment form.
What does the PTAC charge for its services?
The NEPA Alliance PTAC program is funded by the Department of Defense, Appalachian Regional Commission and the Department of Community and Economic Development. The PTAC does not currently charge clients for standard services. There may be a registration fee for a seminar or event to cover our costs.
What counties do you service?
The NEPA Alliance PTAC program provides service in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties. If you do not live in one of the aforementioned counties, please click on find your PTAC to find the closest PTAC that provides service in your area.
Where is my local PTAC?
We are located at 1151 Oak Street in Pittston, Pennsylvania. To set up a counseling session, please call us at (570) 655-5581.
Do I have to come to your offices for a counseling session?
No, the PTAC will come to your business as soon as we can schedule a time that fits into our schedule and yours. We can also arrange to meet at your local Chamber of Commerce. Please keep in mind that we appreciate as much lead time as possible.
Who does the federal government purchase from?
The federal government purchases from business of all sizes, located throughout the country, for all types of services – from professional services to commodities. Look for opportunities that you are interested in and see what company was awarded the last contract and the terms – you can search www.usaspending.gov or www.fbo.gov for recent awards.
What are some of the steps for applying for and securing a contract?
- Get a DUNS number
- Find your NAICS codes and Product Service Codes
- Register with the System for Award Management (SAM)
- Work with PTAC counselor
- Go after opportunities
- Search bids
- Seek sub-contracting or partnering opportunities
- Build relationships
- Attend training workshops and networking opportunities