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 eight located in New York State. 

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Reference Materials

This section contains a good amount of links and documents to help you better understand dealing with the government.

Three important documents to read:

The following three documents were downloaded from the DoD: Office of Small Business Programs website

Informational Resources

government_contracting_052006.pdf55.93 KB
DoD_subcontracting_082007.pdf93.34 KB
marketing_to_DoD_012007.pdf73.72 KB

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

Federal Government Agencies

This list has been designed to provide prospective contractors with basic information about doing business with the U.S. Departments. The intent is to explain who and what each agency is and buys. Most importantly, it should help businesses market their products or services.

Federal Agency Purchase Card Holders

Please use discretion when using this information. Do not use these lists for mass mailings or e-mails. Pursuant to 41 CFR 101-20.308, which pertains to management of buildings and grounds, commercial soliciting on government property is prohibited. This prohibition includes telephone calls, faxes and E-mail to government employees.

Federal Agency Contacts

Lists include Contract Officers and/or Small Business Contacts.

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 Defense Supply Center Philadelphia or the Defense Supply Center Richmond to begin the process.

Solicitation Numbers

A DLA solicitation's type is indicated by the value in the 9th position of the 13-digit solicitation number, which is also known as a Procurement Instrument Identification Number (PIIN). The following table indicates the meanings of the other DLA PIIN components, based on the fictional sample PIIN "SP050003T1234."

Position Example Meaning
Digits 1-6 SP050003T1234 The Department of Defense activity address code (DoDAAC)* identifying the requesting DLA department or agency office
Digits 7-8 SP050003T1234 The 2-digit fiscal year in which the solicitation was issued
Digit 9 SP050003T1234 Indicates the solicitation type
Digits 10-13 SP050003T1234 Indicates the sequence in which the solicitation was issued relative to other solicitations of the same type (can be either alphanumeric or numeric only)

*A DoDAAC code lookup utility is available at Note that this is a secure Web site and your browser must have 128-bit encryption capabilities in order to access it. Based on the PIIN component breakdown in the previous table, the sample PIIN "SP050003T1234" represents a "T" solicitation with a serial number of "1234" that was issued by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DoDAAC SP0500) in fiscal year 2003.


Contact PTAC

Joseph Williams, Program Manager Phone: (716) 938-2331

Lenora Leasure, Business Counselor Phone: (716) 938-2311

Fax: (716) 938-2779

Address: 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday except on Holidays (see calendar)

Contact PTAC via email using our contact form