Prior to becoming a Professional Services Provider to DSI in 2012, Russ served as the Director of the Contract Integrity Center for the Defense Contract Management Command, an agency providing contract management services for Defense agencies and NASA, overseeing over 18,000 contractors and 320,000 contracts valued at over $1.4 Billion.
Russ brings to DSI over 40 years of government contracting and compliance experience, during which time he was involved in numerous reviews and assessments of contractor ethics programs as well compliance reviews dealing with quality, environmental, cost & pricing and other systems. He has worked with numerous suspension & debarment officials, was an integral member of the Interagency Suspension & Debarment Committee, and was a co-founder of a multi-agency committee of lawyers, auditors, investigators, and acquisition and policy personnel from DOD, NASA, DOJ and other agencies the purpose of which was to increase efficiency and effectiveness through training, communication and legislative and policy development. His knowledge and experience made him a sought after instructor and guest speaker by both government and industry groups such as the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Industry Institute, and other private sector commercial and industrial groups. Russ is currently an instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.
Earlier in his career, Russ worked for the Missile Defense Agency, and spent many years with the U.S. Army, serving as a senior Major Command Acquisition Counsel.
Russ is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and numerous federal courts. He received his BA from Providence College, his JD from the Suffolk University Law School and further training as a mediator at Harvard Law School. He has received numerous awards and commendations during his career, including the 2011 Department of Defense Inspector General’s highest non-IG civilian award in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in support of the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General.