Procurement Technical Assistance Center - Government Contracting and Marketing

The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism administers a government marketing and technical assistance program as one of the special economic development projects offered to assist businesses of Cattaraugus County and the New York State Southern Tier.

We provide confidential one-on-one consulting and training to assist businesses with marketing goods and/or services to federal, state and local governments. We have the resources to help you grow your business and, as a governmental organization, most of our services are free.

We also offer no-cost training events and workshops to help you strengthen your business knowledge of marketing to the government and apply it immediately to your business plans. Whether starting a new business or running an existing business, we can help you guide your business to a more successful future.

All businesses located in our thirteen county service area of Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins are eligible to utilize the PTAC services. Our PTAC is one of seven located in New York State. 

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Reference Materials

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Business Opportunities with the Government

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Department of Defense (DoD) Research Links

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Doing Business with the Federal Government, Agencies and Purchase Card Holders

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Federal Agencies and Forecasts

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Marketing Information and Tools

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New York State Government Marketing

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Registration Websites

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Research Tools

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Solicitation Types

Solicitation Types

The DLA classifies the solicitations that it publishes under a number of different types, each designated by a specific letter in the 9th position of the solicitation ID--generally either T, U, Q, R, X, or Z.

"T" Soliciations

A "T" solicitation is a request for quotation (RFQ) that is valued at under $25,000. "T" solicitations are automated, meaning that they are generated automatically by the system and not created manually by the buyer. Note that "T" solicitations may sometimes be identified by a "U" rather than a "T" in the 9th position of the RFQ number, in the event that there were no remaining unique combinations of the last 5 digits available when the RFQ was generated. All responses to "T" solicitations must be submitted electronically--either using the DSCC Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) at for DSCC solicitations, the Internet Quoting System (IQS) at for DSCP and DSCR solicitations, or EDI (843 transactions).

"Q" Solicitations

A "Q" solicitation is typically an RFQ that falls under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures outlined in Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 13 and is valued at less than $100,000. However, because some commercial acquisitions that fall under FAR Part 12 and are valued at between $100,000 and 5 million dollars can also be requested under the "Q" solicitation type (see FAR Part 13.5), you may see solicitations valued at higher dollar amounts for commercial items. You must respond to "Q" solicitations electronically using IQS or DIBBS.

"R" Solicitations

"R" solicitations are also known as requests for proposal (RFPs) and are generally for acquisitions valued at over $100,000. The award resulting from an "R" solicitation is called a contract and is binding since it must be signed by both the contracting officer and the awardee. Responses to RFPs cannot be submitted electronically and must be delivered using the method specified in the particular solicitation that you are responding to.

"X" Solicitations

"X" solicitations represent Indefinite Delivery Purchase Order (IDPO) bid opportunities that also fall under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures outlined in FAR Part 13. The terms of an IDPO solicitation specify not only the item quantities or amounts currently required in order to fulfill the needs of the requesting agency, but also define a period of time (such as a year) during which that agency can place additional orders under the same terms and conditions specified in the original fulfillment order. IDPOs are described in detail in FAR Part 13.39.

"Z" Solicitations

A "Z" solicitation is an EDI solicitation that is specifically targeted at suppliers who have a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) established at the requesting DLA supply center. In order to respond to a "Z" solicitation, you must have a BPA and be EDI capable. If you do not currently have a BPA, you can contact the