A CIRAS government contracting specialist will soon have an expanded role. Samantha Ferm will take over the territory covered by Melissa Burant, a counselor in the CIRAS Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) since 2014, is transitioning into a new position leading strategic supply chain initiatives.
Ferm has been with CIRAS as a PTAC counselor since 2018. Prior to joining CIRAS, she worked in small business development, civil rights advocacy, and government contracting. Her previous work makes her an experienced asset to both CIRAS and the businesses she serves through her work. In the past, many of her clients have been based in southeast Iowa. With the expansion of her position, she will soon take on clients in the Scott County and Quad Cities area., as well.