Gary McDonald has more than 30 years of experience working in the government contracting, aerospace and defense (A&D) and professional services industries. Prior to joining DHG, he provided advisory services to clients at two of the Big Four accounting firms for more than 20 years. Gary’s experience includes managing the government contract compliance operations for a large services firm, including proposal development and pricing, contract management, finance and contract compliance and risk management. Additionally, he has more than 12 years of experience in the A&D industry as a flight hardware development engineer and program manager in support of leading NASA scientific missions.
Gary has worked extensively in providing practical guidance and assistance to manage and improve his client’s government contracting compliance and operations, allowing them additional time to focus on strategic objectives that matter. Further, he helps clients comply with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), business system requirements and other government contract regulations and requirements. Gary successfully helps clients mitigate compliance risks, develop competitive rate structures, recover costs and develop or enhance compliance capabilities. He also supports contractors in dispute negotiations and resolution, preparation of claims, contract litigation and appeals.
As a leading industry resource in government contractor mergers and acquisitions, he provides target contract and compliance risk analysis/due diligence, post-close integration, value capture and government contract cost recovery support to his clientele. He has supported nearly 100 government contractor transactions over the last several years for leading private equity firms and industry buyers. Gary’s vast industry knowledge and experience enables him to provide advice on acquisition financial risks, valuation adjustments and indemnifications/exclusions to support transaction negotiations, along with strategic advice that is unique to each target.
Gary is a frequent speaker at government contracting, A&D and other conferences, has published numerous thought leadership papers and newsletters and provides training on matters of interest to the government contracting community.