Mr. Farro is a Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certified Acquisition Professional with over 40 years’ experience.
From his initial assignment as a Procurement Intern for the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Personnel Support Center (DLA DPSC), Philadelphia, PA, he has worked various and ever more challenging assignments across both the Interagency and International spectrum.
Management positions supervising the activities of Contract Specialists took him to Washington, DC, where he was on special assignment to the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (DoT FHWA).
After a successful tenure at DoT FHWA, Mr. Farro received his TS/SCI clearance and worked as a Major Systems Program Integrator for the Tri-Service Standoff Attack and Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (TSSAM and JASSM) programs. For his work on the JASSM program, he received awards from the U.S. Air Force’s Senior Acquisition Executive and the Director, Defense Contract Management Command (DCMC).
For his excellent work on the JASSM program, Mr. Farro was selected as the Program Manager for the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Corporate Workforce Management Reports (CRMR) program. He was able to turn the program around from a chronic underperformer into an example of efficient acquisition providing DLA a workforce management capability that came in ahead of schedule and under budget.
His following assignments in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), earned him two Combat Commanders Medals for Acquisition Excellence. At the conclusion of his support to USSOCOM and subsequent tours on the staffs at the Naval Sea Systems Command and Defense Contract Management Agency, Mr. Farro assumed responsibility for the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) evaluation. He worked closely with the President’s Office of Management & Budget assuring that MDA’s performance supported allocated resources. His efforts on the PART evaluation permitted him to earn entry into the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where he earned his Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy.
At ICAF, Mr. Farro completed his Senior Acquisition studies and was certified as a Senior Acquisition Professional. After ICAF, he completed another special assignment, this time with the Joint Chief of Staff’s Logistics Directorate (J4). His duties were that of Study Director for the Mobility Capability Study (MCS). During that time, Mr. Farro was promoted to Director, Research & Development Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Inspector General (NASA IG).
His leadership on the NASA IG’s audit of their Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and his interaction with the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency ensured that acquisition funds were spent wisely and effectively. From the NASA IG, he rejoined the Department of the Navy (DON), currently supporting DON and Department of Defense initiatives to enhance U.S. international engagements with longtime allies Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and maturing relationships with other allies, e.g., Chile and Iceland.
Mr. Farro is retired from Civil Service. After retirement, he joined E3R, Inc., (a Service Disabled Small Business) as Senior International Cooperative Analyst/Engineer. His primary duties supported the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Code N94 (Senior Naval Representative)/Office of Naval Research – Global and Naval Information Warfare Systems Command – Pacific.
He has joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Research Fellow.