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Gaco services


California University of PA

Government Agency Coordination Office, PTAC

Government agency coordination office gaco
Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO)

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

  • Resource for businesses interested in selling products or services to federal, state and local government agencies

  • Provide marketing and technical assistance related to government contracting

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Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO)

  • GACO is an economic development program operated by California University of PA

  • Established in 1985 to assist businesses in western Pennsylvania with government contracting

Gaco office locations
GACO Office Locations

  • California University of Pennsylvania

    250 University Ave, Box 20

    California, PA 15419

    Phone 724-938-5881, Fax 724-938-4575

    Email: [email protected]

  • Pittsburgh Satellite Office

    700 River Avenue, Suite 220

    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Phone 412-237-6098, Fax 412-237-6099

    Email: [email protected]

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GACO Office Locations

  • Slippery Rock University Satellite Office

    006 Eisenberg Classroom Bldg., Slippery Rock, PA 16057

    Phone 724-738-2346, Fax 724-738-2168

    Email: [email protected]

Gaco funding
GACO Funding

  • Funding for our program comes from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Sarah Scaife Foundation

  • Funded to assist businesses in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene and Washington counties


  • Currently assisting 1,662 businesses

  • Assisted area businesses to obtain 44,000 contracts and subcontracts totaling $2,961,225,069 (As of 10/13)

  • Per federal guidelines GACO can be credited with creating or saving 71,826 jobs in western Pennsylvania since commencing operations in 1985

Services available at gaco
Services Available at GACO

  • Advising and assisting with marketing products or services to the government

  • Identifying Federal Supply Classes (FSC’s) and Service Codes 

  • Providing bid opportunities for federal, state and local government contracts and subcontracts, corporate contracts and foreign contracts

  • Assisting with government registrations: System for Award Management (SAM), Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vendor Registration and others

  • Developing profiles for our Subcontracting Match Program and advising of subcontracting opportunities and contacts 

  • Assisting with filing applications for placement on state and local bidders’ lists 

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Services Available at GACO

  • Advising on bid preparation 

  • Assisting with obtaining specifications and standards data and technical data packages for federal government work 

  • Researching historical cost data and parts suppliers 

  • Assisting with GSA Federal Supply Schedules

  • Providing guidance and points of contact for federal, state and local contracting  

  • Conducting seminars for education and training in government contracting policies and procedures 

  • Hosting procurement fairs for face-to-face marketing opportunities with federal, state, local and corporate purchasing agents

Seminars and procurement fairs
Seminars and Procurement Fairs

  • December 2013 – Construction Contracting Seminar, date and time to be determined

  • October 22, 2014 – 27th Annual Procurement Opportunities Fair, DoubleTree by Hilton, Washington, PA

Getting started
Getting Started…

  • Stop at Table 1 today to talk with a GACO representative about our services

  • To register as a GACO client

    Complete GACO’s on-line client application at


    Complete the one page application in your packet of information and drop it in the box at the registration table, email to [email protected] or fax to 724-938-4575