Oregon’s Rick Evans elected APTAC Treasurer

Evans brings financial expertise and long record of service

June 21, 2017:  The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that J. Rick Evans, Executive Director of Oregon’s Organization for Economic Initiatives (OEI), was recently elected Treasurer of the Association.  He was sworn in at APTAC’s annual membership meeting on April 10, 2017 and will serve a two year term. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.

Evans has been a leader in both the field of procurement assistance overall and within APTAC for over 30 years, having taken the helm of the Oregon Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) in 1986.  During his tenure with APTAC, he has served as Regional Director, Secretary, Vice President and President, in addition to chairing a number of different committees and leading countless special projects and initiatives.  He has previously been recognized for his service by being named an APTAC Fellow, as well as with the association’s most prestigious award, the Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award.

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.