About Us


Key Solutions, Inc. (KSI) is a consulting firm that works across the federal, state, and local opportunity lifecycles to help companies win government contracts. We specialize in proposal development, capture, market assessment, business development, orals coaching, graphics, and production services.

Our Story

KSI 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 there were a limitless number of good businesses that were completely qualified to earn and perform these contracts but needed help in “learning the language” of a proposal and successfully putting one together. This inspired him to launch Key Solutions (originally named AOC Key Solutions) in 1983.

Nearly four decades later, 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.

Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy


Greg McCarthy

Greg McCarthy


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 team is also 100% APMP Foundation certified. We invest in continuous training and skills improvement for our team, ensuring superior service for our clients.

In addition, we can use our KSI Advantage™ Approach to help clients implement effective proposal practices that have a long-term effect on their success.

KSI Advantage Guide

“Our mission is to be your best choice by delivering unsurpassed service and extraordinary value with a team of people who love to win.”

– Greg McCarthy, CEO of Key Solutions

How Can We Help You?

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Proposal Development
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Design, DTP, and Production
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Orals Coaching
Proposal Process Assessment
Market Assessment
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Business Development