about us


Key Solutions, Inc. (KSI) is a consulting firm that helps companies win government contracts across the federal, state, and local markets. We provide a range of services, including proposal development, capture, orals coaching, graphic design, and production. Our expertise spans the entire opportunity lifecycle, from pre-RFP to proposal submission.

Our Story

Our Founder Jim McCarthy started his career as a congressional campaign manager and went on to become a legislative assistant, a political journalist, a speechwriter, and even a deputy press secretary. With this range of experiences, he thought he knew all about how Washington works – until he joined a proposal team.

Jim’s initial proposal wins opened his eyes to the world of Government Contracting and sparked a new passion for helping businesses win contracts. Jim realized that many businesses were qualified to earn and perform these contracts but needed help in “learning the language” of a proposal and successfully putting a bid together. This inspired him to launch AOC Key Solutions, Inc in 1983. The name was later shortened to Key Solutions, Inc. (KSI).

Nearly four decades later, team KSI has grown and continues to be passionate about what we do. Our KSI Advantage™ Approach – a set of capture and proposal best practices, agile methods, and unique tools – has helped clients win over $200 billion dollars in contracts.

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The KSI Advantage™

For every client engagement, KSI implements industry best practices, including our KSI Advantage™ Approach, a set of comprehensive capture and proposal practices, tools, and agile methods.

We train all team members in our KSI Advantage™ Approach. Our proposal professionals are also 100% Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Foundation certified. We invest in continuous training and skills improvement for our team, ensuring superior service for our clients.

In addition, we use our KSI Advantage™ Approach to train clients on effective proposal practices that have a lasting positive impact on their business.

KSI Advantage Guide

“Our mission is to deliver unmatched quality and exceptional service on every bid.”

– Greg McCarthy, CEO of Key Solutions