Navigating Government Contracts

Dr. Walt Blaney

Dr. Walt Blaney, Director

Dr. Walt Blaney is the Director of the Delaware PTAC at the University of Delaware. Walt joined PTAC in 2018. Prior to joining PTAC, Walt was owner and principal consultant/trainer of a VOSB, Contract Management Consultant (CMC). Walt spent 40 years in Federal government acquisition and contracting as a contract specialist/contracting officer in DoD and other Federal agencies. Walt retired as a Navy Supply Corps Commander after 32 years of service as a contracting and logistics officer. Walt has also worked in academia as a certified comprehensive science teacher in NJ public schools, an assistant professor at Nyack University, and a Project Officer on a TITLE II Science—Technology—Mathematics grant at Rowan University. Walt is certified CPCM, DAWIA Level III Contracting, and VA Verification Assistance Counselor.

(302) 831 - 0780

wblaney@udel.edu

Dr. Claude L. Cable

Dr. Claude L. Cable, Procurement Counselor

Dr. Claude L. Cable is a Procurement Counselor for Delaware’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the University of Delaware. Claude joined PTAC in 2022. Prior to joining PTAC, Claude is an owner and principal consultant/trainer of an SDVOSB firm, Contract Management, leadership, business development, and workforce development Consultant. Claude spent 36 years in Federal government acquisition and contracting as a government purchase cardholder, procurement analyst, supply technician, and contract specialist/contracting officer in DoD and other Federal agencies. Additionally, Claude spent seven years as a procurement center representative (PCR) for the Small Business Administration, which works with contracting activities to achieve maximum socioeconomic goals and guiding small businesses on the procurement dynamics of the federal government. Claude retired from Civil Services and Active Duty. Claude has also worked in academia, educating individuals on entrepreneurship and economics.

(302) 831 - 0782

cablec@udel.edu

Dana Reece

Dana Reece, Program Support Specialist

Dana Reece is the program support specialist for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and has been with the Delaware PTAC since 2009. Prior to joining the organization, Dana worked for more than 10 years as a computer programmer and systems analyst. She specializes in the SAM (System Award Management) Government Registration and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

(302) 831 - 0781

dmreece@udel.edu

Juanita Beauford

Juanita Beauford, Procurement Counselor

Juanita Beauford, former director of the Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC), is back working part-time.  Her time as a PTACer started in 2000. Prior to joining the PTAC program, Juanita owned and operated MDR Supply, a state and local government contracting business, for seven years, and for five years, she co-owned Medical Surgical Supply Company, also a state and local government contracting business. Juanita is certified by the Veteran’s Administration as a Federal Contracting Counselor, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degrees in both human resources management and public administration, and earned her Master’s Certificate in Contract Management from George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Juanita is happy to rejoin the PTAC of Delaware team. 

(302) 831-0780

jbeau@udel.edu