Rafael Roman

Photograph of Mr. Rafael-Roman Rafael Roman is the Ombudsman and Risk Manager for NOAA’s Acquisition and Grants Office.  Prior to joining NOAA, Mr. Roman worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Procurement Operations, where he served as its Industry Liaison, Ombudsman,  Director of the Procurement Internship Program, and as the director of three procurement operations divisions.  During his term with DHS, he also enjoyed an extended detail to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight.  

Other federal positions he has held include his being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Director of the Louisiana Acquisitions Office, and the Chief of Housing and Individual Assistance during the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav.  Moreover, he served as the Procurement Chief and Environmental Executive of the U.S. Marshals Service.  Mr. Roman’s industry experience includes executive positions in a small, a midā€sized and a federal top twenty company, where he served in roles having to do with business operations, contracts and compliance.

Rafael Roman’s achievements include his being designated as a Federal 100 award recipient, a Chapter President and National Director of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and serving as an Advisor to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Federal Acquisition Institute. He has earned Fellowships from the Industry Advisory Council, the Brookings Institute, NCMA and the U.S. Senate.  He has also been published and has been a guest speaker at law schools, business schools, and government and industry associations.

Mr. Roman’s professional credentials include Level III Certifications in Contracting, Contracting Officer’s Representation and Program Management from the Federal Acquisition Institute.  He is also a Certified Professional Contract Manager, a Project Management Professional and an Information Technology Infrastructure Library designee.  His graduate degrees are in administration and law.