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Richard J. Formella, DBIA, PMP, CPPO

Richard J. FormellaChief of the Bio-Containment Procurement Branch
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC).

Mr. Formella has over 29 years of federal procurement experience and joined the FLETC in 2006 serving as the Head of the Contracting Activity for over eight years after working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for over 20 years. He began his procurement career at the BOP in simplified acquisitions and ended his service there as the Chief of Construction Contracting where he led and administered the $1.5 billion dollar new federal prison construction contracting program. At the FLETC he currently leads the team providing design and construction contracting support for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate for major laboratory renovations and new construction, including the National Bio & Agro Defense Facility.

He is a 1986 graduate of the FLETC and holds a BS in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a MS in Management – Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from TROY University. Additionally, he maintains a membership with the Design-Build Institute of America and is a designated Design/Build Professional™ and a Certified Public Procurement Officer.