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Support Small Businesses Navigate Acquisitions and Contracting,

Support Bipartisan Letter for Procurement Technical Assistance Programs


Current signatories: Rob Bishop, Carson, Chu, Cicilline, Courtney, Susan Davis, DeSaulnier, Harder, Hayes, Heck, Katie Hill, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Langevin, Rick Larsen, Murphy, Pappas, Pingree, Sablan, Welch


 Dear Colleague:


We invite you to join us in expressing strong support for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) by signing the attached letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee encouraging them to provide $44.5 million
for the program in the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill. PTAP, funded and administered through the Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of Small Business, provides an important link between small businesses, major prime contractors, and the federal


Small business is vital to our nation’s economic recovery, and providing continued access to a strong network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) is a critical resource for small businesses – enabling them to obtain information and training
on new acquisition procedures, specialized solicitations, and federal contracting regulations. In turn, PTACs help generate new suppliers for the Defense Department – resulting in greater competition, higher quality goods and services at lower cost for the
warfighter, and a more prudent expenditure of taxpayer dollars.


The attached letter urges that the program be increased to $44.5 million, a modest $2.2 million (five percent) increase from the FY19 appropriated level, reflecting success of this federal program to assist small businesses.


If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Todd Stein (Pingree) at  The deadline to sign on is Tuesday, March 26, 2019.





CHELLIE PINGREE                                      JOE COURTNEY

Member of Congress                                     Member of Congress



ROB BISHOP                                                 RICK LARSEN

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress



March x, 2018


The Honorable Peter J. Visclosky                  The Honorable Ken Calvert                           

Chairman                                                         Ranking Member

House Committee on Appropriations House Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Defense                              Subcommittee on Defense

H-405 Capitol Building                                  1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                  Washington, DC 20515


Dear Chairman Visclosky and Ranking Member Calvert:


Thank you for your continued, bipartisan support of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP).  The PTAP, which is funded and administered through the Defense Logistics Agency Office of Small Business Programs, received $42.3 million in the FY2019
Department of Defense Appropriations Act.  Given the program’s demonstrated success in providing individualized, intensive assistance to small businesses across the nation, we respectfully request your support for the PTAP by providing at least funding of
$44.5 million in the FY2020 Defense Appropriations Bill and Report.


This funding level will allow Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) to service more clients and reach into more counties than its current footprint  There are 94 PTACs and more than 300 local offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam that provide the critical training and in-depth, individualized counseling small businesses need to compete and succeed in defense and other government contracting markets.  By increasing the number of suppliers
for DoD and other federal agencies, PTACs generate greater competition which provides higher quality goods and services at a lower cost to the taxpayer.


The PTAP works.  In 2017, PTACs worked with over 48,000 active clients and held nearly 5,000   events – generating over 188,000 government contracts worth more than $20 billion.  This is a return of $571 for every dollar invested in the program.  These numbers
are significantly higher than the previous year. 


The PTAP is authorized under 10 USC 2412 Chapter 142-148 to expand the number of businesses participating in the government marketplace. 


The PTAP is a critical component of the DoD small business strategy and has been identified as a point of entry for small business firms into the defense market.  PTACs help prime contractors and government agencies identify small business suppliers and
subcontractors with the capabilities necessary for their project or program.  PTACs also help federal agencies quickly locate qualified vendors to meet unusual procurement requirements – such as local disaster response and reconstruction needs.  Given the
value of the PTAP to our nation’s small businesses and the support it provides the warfighter, we respectfully urge your continued support by providing $44.5 million for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program.


Thank you for your consideration of this request and your ongoing commitment to our men and women in uniform.



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