Resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains are key to a healthy defense industrial base and a path to economic prosperity for countless American small businesses. To underscore this, I would like to highlight recent actions taken by the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) to provide support to our industry partners and strengthen the defense industrial base.
On October 1, 2022, the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) transitioned from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to OSBP. This move will allow the Department to integrate these centers into our broader industry engagement activities and leverage them to provide support to our suppliers looking to do business with the Department and other federal agencies.
Recently, I rebranded these centers, to our APEX Accelerators and established a new leadership team under Mr. Khalil Mack who is now the Director of the Department’s APEX Accelerators. Under Khalil’s leadership I am confident that the APEX Accelerators will thrive and prosper. The PTAC moniker will sunset over the course of this fiscal year.
The Department’s APEX Accelerators are located in fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands and have ninety-six locations. These Accelerators will keep helping American businesses pursue contracts with federal, state, and local governments by assisting with various registration and eligibility requirements, identification of contract opportunities, preparation for applications and submission of bids. They will also support the Department in targeted market research and other efforts to support specific acquisitions pursuant to the action plan developed in response to President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) 14017 on “America’s Supply Chains”, EO 14036 on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy”, and EO 13985 on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”.
The Department’s APEX Accelerators will serve as critical enablers to opening the defense industrial base to small, medium, large, and new entrant companies that are on the forefront of innovation. For more information on the APEX Accelerators visit www.apexaccelerators.us. I look forward to working with all of you to make this new effort a success. Thank you.
Director, Department of Defense
Office of Small Business Programs