Capital Edge Consulting Obtains Astero Consulting’s Senior Talent in Government Contracts

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Industry Experts Bill Keating and John Van Meter Strengthen and Expand One of the Largest Government Contracting Consulting Firms

Managing Risk. Delivering Results.

Bill, John and Jean have a successful track record of helping clients navigate the complex government contracting environment, enhance their regulatory and compliance capabilities, and improve business performance.

Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in helping federal government contractors solve complex business challenges, announces that Astero Consulting’s founders and senior executives, Bill Keating and John Van Meter, have combined their business with Capital Edge Consulting.

Collectively, Bill and John bring nearly seven decades of consulting experience, and previously, each was the Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Government Contractor Advisory Services Practice. Both gentlemen bring Government, Commercial and International advisory expertise in business sectors such as aerospace and defense, construction and engineering, and information technology products and services.

Bill and John have significant expertise in the multiple rules of government contracts, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Federal Agency FAR Supplements, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Federal Supply Schedules. They have advised organizations on government audits, procurement and other business systems compliance, claims preparation, contract disputes and investigations. They possess extensive knowledge of cost accounting matters for government contractors, including: systems requirements definitions, indirect rate structures, annual incurred cost submissions, CAS cost impact proposals, and CAS disclosure statements. At Capital Edge Consulting, they will focus on these regulatory and compliance matters for clients seeking to enhance accounting and business practices and manage risk. The two will work out of McLean, VA and San Jose, CA, respectively.

Also joining Capital Edge from Astero is Jean Labadini, a leading expert in Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR). Jean retired after 35 years with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) – her last role was as the Director of the CPSR Group. She has also served as an Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO), a Divisional Administrative Contracting Officer (DACO), and a Systems Administrative Contracting Officer (SACO). During her time at DCMA, Jean was a certified DCMA trainer and delivered Agency training on Advance Payments, Progress Payments, Performance Based Payments, Public Vouchers, and Commercial Item Financing. Jean will provide leadership within the Procurement and CPSR Consulting Practice of Capital Edge Consulting.

“Bill, John and Jean have a successful track record of helping clients navigate the complex government contracting environment, enhance their regulatory and compliance capabilities, and improve business performance,” said Chad Braley, CEO of Capital Edge Consulting. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and will help to further expand our capabilities, experience, and market presence. We are proud to welcome them to Capital Edge.”

About Capital Edge Consulting
Capital Edge Consultants combine their unique backgrounds and experience in consulting, public accounting, industry, and DCAA to provide clients with unmatched government contracting expertise. This breadth of specialized experience enables Capital Edge to provide the exact services and level of expertise federal government contractors need to succeed. Capital Edge has provided custom-tailored consulting solutions to government contractors ranging in size, from startup to Fortune 100 companies in industries such as manufacturing, nuclear energy, professional services, biotech/pharmaceuticals, defense, and software.

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