Bloch brings valuable experience to the association
June 22, 2017: The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that Kenneth Bloch, Program Manager of the Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Maine PTAC), has been elected Region 1 Director of the Association. APTAC’s Region 1 encompasses the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. He was sworn in at APTAC’s annual membership meeting on April 10, 2017 and will serve until April 2019. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.
Bloch, with over 27 years in defense procurement, has been the Program Manager of the Maine PTAC since 2015. Born in Maine, he grew up in the greater Boston area and earned a degree in government from Suffolk University. He has lived and worked in many parts of the world both as a contractor and a civil servant. In the United States, his work has included systems engineering, building data centers, and contracts administration.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. These PTACs, located across the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam) help local businesses become capable government contractors, on the belief that a broad base of small business suppliers provides the highest quality and best value to our government agencies and at the same time creates a strong and vibrant economic base for our communities. They assist small businesses by offering training events, bid-matching services, one-on-one sessions with a procurement counselor, notification of important contracting changes, help with understanding government contracting procedures and requirements, guidance in registering with the federal government, and much more. They assist government agencies by locating and educating the contractors and potential contractors which can provide the products and services they need.
APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them critical updates on the ever changing procurement processes across all federal agencies; comprehensive training opportunities and certification to ensure that PTAC staff can bring the highest level of capability to their work; networking forums so that PTAC professionals across the country can share best practices and draw upon their collective expertise; and a national presence to collaborate with federal agencies on small business contracting initiatives and otherwise provide a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas. The work of APTAC is carried out by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are procurement professionals employed by member PTACs, and supported by a small administrative staff.
For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.