The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) announced that Chuck Schadl, group manager of Government Contracting Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), was elected Region 4 Director of the Association. APTAC’s Region 4 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Puerto Rico. At APTAC’s annual membership meeting on April 6, 2016, Schadl also was appointed chairman of the Association’s Communications Committee. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.
In his role at EI2, Schadl provides instruction and guidance to government contracting officials and business professionals on behalf of the Contracting Education Academy, an official equivalency training provider for the Defense Acquisition University. Formerly the Program Manager of the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, Schadl also continues to perform procurement counseling duties for the PTAC, bringing to bear more than 40 years of experience in the government contracting field at both federal and local government levels. He served as APTAC’s Vice President for Education from 2011 until taking the Region 4 post. In 2014, he was honored with APTAC’s Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award, the highest recognition the association bestows.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 97 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. These PTACs are located across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States territories of Puerto Rico and Guam. They 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.