San Diego, Ca-April 10,2023 – The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) presented its 2023 Becky Peterson Human Impact Award and the APTAC Economic Award to Lori Manning, State Program Director, Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Ms. Manning guided the development of APTAC University that has had a tremendous impact on turnover withing the APTAC organization. Her efforts helped new employ
ees be successful in their jobs. Her technique was to use an “on boarding” program that gave new counselors the skills to feel productive early in their employment.
In addition to enhancing the lives of hundreds of counselors, this program has greatly reduced the cost of continued turnover. With an estimated cost of $30,000 to $45,000 to replace a counselor, the program has already made an economic impact on the 96 Procurement Techn
ical Assistance Centers across the US and US territories. The overall effect is making tax dollars more effective.
APTAC University is designed to give counselors 4 levels of training: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior. The program culminates in a capstone project which gives the graduating students a chance to present their knowledge on a national level.
APTAC’s Human Impact Award recognizes a PTAC or individual PTAC staff member that has made a positive contribution to their client or the community above and beyond normal PTAC duties, making a difference in the lives of others and the communities we call home. This award is named for Becky Peterson, who for more than 30 years contributed above and beyond her normal duties to support not only her PTAC, APTAC, and the PTAP nationwide, but to enrich the lives of all she met along the way. Lori Manning has earned this honor for impacting both Idaho citizens with the growth of her PTAC program and empowering of PTAC counselors, through APTAC U, across the nation within the APTAC membership. APTAC’s Economic Impact Award recognizes a PTAC or individual PTAC staff member that has fostered significant economic impact through direct and acknowledged assistance to a PTAC client business(es) in obtaining government contracts and the creation and retention of jobs.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 96 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them important information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities, and a voice in national government contracting assistance policy arenas. The Idaho PTAC is hosted at Boise State University in conjunction with a cooperative agreement through the Department of Defense.
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