William T. Keevan

William T. Keevan
  • William T. Keevan
    CSIS Trustee
  • Mr. Keevan has more than 40 years of financial accounting and auditing, litigation consulting, regulatory compliance, risk management and corporate governance experience. He was with Arthur Andersen LLP for 28 years, 20 years (from 1982 to 2002) as a partner serving in a number of senior management positions, including as a member of both the Firmwide and North America Audit and Business Advisory Services Leadership Teams, Managing Partner – Government Contract Consulting Services, Managing Partner – Business Fraud and Investigation Services (North America), and Managing Partner – Strategic Alliances and Business Expansion for the Audit and Business Advisory Services practice. From June 2002 to December 2006, Mr. Keevan was a Senior Managing Director of Navigant Consulting Inc., the leader of the firm’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice and a member of the firm’s Disputes, Investigations and Regulatory Advisory Services practice management committee. In December 2006, he joined Kroll Inc., a leading international risk consulting firm, where he was a Senior Managing Director and the U.S. leader of the firm’s Complex Accounting, Disputes and Regulatory Compliance practice. In September 2010, subsequent to the sale of Kroll Inc. by Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Keevan became an independent consultant and Senior Advisor to Chess Consulting LLC, the successor to the practice he led at Kroll. Early in his career Mr. Keevan spent five years in private industry in various financial management positions involving SEC reporting, financial analysis, cost accounting, capital budgeting, and merger and acquisition due diligence.

    Mr. Keevan's practice currently entails advising clients on complex accounting, financial reporting, regulatory compliance, risk management, internal control, and corporate governance matters. He also regularly assists legal counsel, corporate directors, and company management in connection with internal investigations, disputes, and litigation. His clients include companies and their legal counsel in a variety of industries, many of which are subject to unique business and compliance risks, such as those attendant to doing business with the U.S. and foreign governments.

    Mr. Keevan's experience encompasses a broad range of financial statement auditing, management consulting, internal investigation, regulatory compliance, and litigation support assignments for clients in the aerospace, electronics, telecommunications, shipbuilding, heavy equipment, automobile parts, ordnance, construction, technical services, chemical, pharmaceutical, insurance/healthcare, building products, higher education, and public accounting industries, among others. He has testified as an expert in the United States Court of Federal Claims and in other courts, before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, in arbitration proceedings and in numerous depositions. He also testified on behalf of Stanford University before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In 1986, he directed Arthur Andersen’s Study of Government Audit and Other Oversight Activities Relating to Defense Contractors conducted for the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (the “Packard Commission”)

    Mr. Keevan regularly works with companies, corporate boards and their legal counsel in conducting internal investigations and responding to government audit reports, inquiries, and investigations involving, but not limited to, such matters as alleged violations of the False Claims, Truth in Negotiations, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Acts, and compliance with SEC reporting, Federal Acquisition Regulation and U.S. government Cost Accounting Standards requirements. He also assists companies in evaluating the design and effectiveness of their financial reporting, regulatory compliance, and risk management processes and controls. Relatedly, he assisted the Conference Board's Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise in analyzing and formulating its comments on selected provisions of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

    Mr. Keevan has extensive experience in conducting due diligence reviews of potential acquisition targets, advising clients in connection with post-acquisition purchase price disputes and in the establishment of and accounting for joint ventures and strategic alliances. He has also advised clients in matters involving contract breach, constructive change order claims, GSA schedule contracting, contract termination settlement proposals, patent infringement litigation, alleged antitrust violations, tax-related inter-company pricing disputes, misappropriation of assets and alleged auditing failures. His work in these areas has entailed detailed fact finding and data analysis, quantification of damages, evaluation of settlement alternatives, assisting clients in preparing for negotiations, arbitration and trial and providing expert testimony.

    Mr. Keevan received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Akron in December 1968. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a registered CPA in Illinois. He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (the "AICPA"), Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, and the National Contract Management Association, of which he was formerly a member of the Executive Advisory Council. He is also an associate member of the American Bar Association (the “ABA”), and a former Vice Chair of the Accounting, Cost and Pricing Committee, Strategic Alliances, Teaming and Subcontracting Committee and the Contract Claims and Disputes Committee of the Public Contract Section of the ABA. He is also an associate member of the Business Law Section of the ABA. Additionally he is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is also a member of Financial Executives International (“FEI”) and a member of FEI’s Committee on Government Business.

    Mr. Keevan served for six years on the AICPA Defense Contractors Committee, for three years as the Committee's first Chairman. He is the principal author of the original auditing chapter of the AICPA Audit and Accounting Guide, Audits of Federal Government Contractors and through 2008, regularly participated in updating subsequent versions of the Guide. He has also co-authored articles dealing with various government contract accounting, costing and pricing matters, as well as a monograph analyzing the major implications of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 for government contractors and their independent auditors. He has twice been an AICPA nominee to the Cost Accounting Standards Board. He has spoken on financial accounting, cost accounting, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance matters and served as an instructor for the "Masters Institute in Government Contract Costs" and "Cost Accounting Standards" courses presented nationally by Federal Publications, Inc. He is a member of the Advisory Board of “Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report” published bi-monthly by Thomson West.

    Mr. Keevan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan non- profit international policy institution focused on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. He was a director of DeVry Education Group, a global provider of education services, from November 2005 through November 2013. He served as Chairman of the Audit & Finance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of the board. He also previously served as a director of SRA International, a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services to government organizations, and a member of the Audit and Finance and Governance Committees. SRA was acquired by Providence Equity Capital in July 2011.


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