Southern Alleghenies PTAC’s James Gerraughty Elected President-elect of National Association.

Gerraughty now in line to take the helm in 2019

(For Immediate Release): The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that James Gerraughty, Program Manager of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (SAPDC PTAC), has been elected President-elect of the Association.  He was sworn in at APTAC’s annual membership meeting on March 7, 2018 and will serve in this position until APTAC’s annual meeting in March 2019, at which time he will accede to the position of President.    APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers who represent member PTACs.

Gerraughty joined the SAPDC PTAC (Altoona, PA) in December 2012 and took the helm as Program Manager in 2014. He has also served on APTAC’s Body of Knowledge subcommittee – responsible for articulating, capturing and organizing the wide ranging information necessary for procurement assistance – and has assisted with media production. Prior to his work with the PTAC, he performed research in telemedicine, media, and distance education for peer review publications and worked in public television. He has a BA in Telecommunications, an MBA, and APTAC’s Certified Procurement Professional certification.

APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 94 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) sponsored by the Defense Department’s Defense Logistics Agency and local host organizations.  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.  PTACs support a broad base of small business suppliers providing the highest quality and best value to government agencies and creating 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 procurement counselors, 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 contractors and potential contractors who 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 from 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.