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Background

 

On October 1, 2022 the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) officially moved from the Defense Logistics Agency to the Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment – as mandated in the FY2020 NDAA (P.L. 116-92) and supported by the FY2021 NDAA, FY2022 NDAA, and House and Senate FY2023 NDAAs. The program is managed by the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP).

 

The PTAP has been renamed “APEX – Accelerating American Entrepreneurship” to reflect our mission to serve as the axis for existing and new businesses to strengthen the defense industrial base by accelerating innovation, fostering ingenuity, and establishing resilient and diverse supply chains. The program vision is to build and enhance a diverse and resilient domestic industrial base that can deliver preeminent solutions to the military and other government users. APEX and its centers are a critical

component of the government’s small business strategy. Goals will include:

 

  • Growing the Defense Industrial Base and Government Industrial Base

  • Strengthening the Supply Chain

  • Increasing Diversity and Inclusion

  • Facilitating Cyber Security Compliance and Training

  • Providing Foreign Ownership, Control, and Inclusion (FOCI) Awareness Trainings

 

96 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) (to be renamed “APEX Accelerators”) – with more than 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. In 2021, PTACs trained and advised over 56,000 businesses and hosted over 5,200 events – generating $24 billion in government contracts. This is a return of $517 for every federal dollar invested in the programs. Under OSBP management, centers will be granted more autonomy and more flexibility to better serve businesses.

 

There has been and will be no interruption in current services to clients and programs will have time to transition over to the new name to avoid any brand confusion for companies and communities. OSBP will reinvent the program to make it more streamlined and more agile to increase the pool of qualified sub and prime contractors, increase the number of small businesses able to compete, and bring non- traditional innovative companies into the DoD and other government marketplace.

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