Louisiana, Missouri and Montana Procurement Counselors Recognized with National Certification

Whittington, Shoemaker and Moody-Lund earn Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) designation

For Immediate Release: The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers is pleased to announce that Jennifer Whittington of the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center, Christopher Shoemaker of the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MOPTAC) and Kathryn Moody-Lund of the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) have achieved certification as a Certified Procurement Professional (CPP). APTAC’s CPP Certification signifies extensive knowledge and experience in the wide range of subject areas required to provide comprehensive and effective assistance to businesses interested in government contracting. These Procurement specialists were required to complete over 85 hours of training and demonstrate capability in thirty-four different topics to be eligible for certification. Not only have they shown an in-depth understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), government acquisition processes, proposal preparation, post-award administration and other issues, they have demonstrated the ability to teach and guide small business owners whether they be newcomers to the government marketplace or more experienced contractors seeking specialized help. Attaining CPP Certification is an important and noteworthy achievement.

Whittington has worked for the Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center since 2007 and has been assisting small businesses with government contracting since 2010. Shoemaker has been a Procurement Counselor for the MOPTAC since March of 2012 and worked as a Business Development Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension for five years prior to that. Lund has been with the Montana PTAC since 2000 and began serving as a Government Contracting Advisor in 2012. All three provide training and one-on-one counseling in every facet of local, state and federal government contracting.

APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – including those mentioned above – awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them comprehensive training opportunities and certification, critical updates on ever changing procurement processes across all federal agencies, 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.
For more information, contact the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers at headquarters@aptac-us.org.

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.