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Posted on July 21, 2014

The Government Agency Coordination Office at Cal U reports that it has reached a new milestone: Since it was founded in 1985, GACO has helped area businesses obtain more than $3 billion in government contracts.

As a Procurement Technical Assistance Center, GACO helps local businesses pursue government contracts and subcontracts, as well as export opportunities.

Deborah S. Wojcik, GACO’s director, says clients have reported receiving 49,349 contracts and subcontracts totaling more than $3.1 billion. GACO is now assisting 1,631 regional businesses. 

"Since initiating our contracting assistance program, we have helped many regional businesses understand the procurement process and become suppliers of goods and services to government agencies,” Wojcik says.

“Our program basically gives businesses a chance to compete for an opportunity to sell to the government on the federal, state and local level and to prime contractors.”

The program began at California University but expanded its operation to include satellite offices in Pittsburgh and at Slippery Rock University. Procurement professionals at each office provide the guidance businesses require to enter into government contracting.

Specifically, GACO can help by:

  • Identifying federal supply class codes , service codes and NAICS codes.
  • Notifying companies of bid opportunities for federal, state and local government contracts and subcontracts.
  • Advising on bid preparation.
  • Assisting with filing applications for state and local bidders' lists.
  • Providing specifications and standards data for federal contracts.
  • Researching historical cost data.
  • Educating companies on doing business electronically. 

GACO also provides training in government contracting procedures through seminars, webinars and an annual procurement fair.

GACO operations are supported by grants from the Sarah Scaife Foundation and the Defense Logistics Agency.

Businesses can learn more about GACO online or call Tracy Julian at 724-938-5881.