Koniag Information Security Services, LLC (KSS) is a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to participate in the 8(a) Business Development Program. Our parent company, Koniag Inc. was formed pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 as an Alaska Native Corporation and currently serves over 3,800 Alaska Native shareholders. Koniag, Inc. owns a conglomerate of companies engaged in oilfield services, natural resource development, tourism, information technology (IT), and many professional services. Most of Koniag’s subsidiaries operate in the Federal Government marketplace, and KSS is Koniag’s largest Federal contractor. Please visit www.koniag.com for more information about Koniag's family of companies.
Created in 2011, KSS is one of six companies that make up Koniag Government Services providing information technology, information assurance, and cyber security consulting, engineering and programmatic support. KSS was created to take advantage of our extensive experience in performance of contracts for Government agencies, such as the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer (ODCMO), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and Intelligence and Special Operations communities.
When organizations need a proven partner for all aspects of Information Technology, Information Assurance, and Cyber Security – KSS delivers. KSS provides engineering, technical assistance and technical programmatic support to assist the client in identifying, planning, designing and acquiring mission critical IT and IA systems for Federal and State Governments and Private Industry. We provide total programmatic support – from inception to implementation – assisting our clients in identifying and refining requirements, solution set identification and assessments, course of action development, testing, acquisition and integration including life cycle sustainment and replacement. Our experienced staff is uniquely qualified to assist the client in identifying and implementing “Best of Breed” solutions for their vital technology requirements. From state-of-the-shelf technologies to full developmental efforts, we use proven processes to assist the client in finding product agnostic solutions. KSS’s total integrated solutions combined with our commitment to constant vigilance improve your risk profile resulting in a safer operating environment at every level.
Edward O’Hare, CEO
Edward O’Hare joined Koniag Incorporated in 2011 as the company’s Senior Vice President of Koniag Government Services, and President and CEO of Koniag Information Security Services (KSS). He has extensive experience in the IT and telecommunications sectors, including leading strategic planning and supply operations for government organizations.
After service in the U.S. Army, Mr. O’Hare began a long career in both the public and private sectors. His positions included Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services at the General Services Administration (GSA) where Mr. O’Hare managed GSA IT and telecommunications contracts, which totaled more than $22 billion a year. In the private sector, Mr. O’Hare worked with government consulting contractors. Prior to coming to the Koniag family of companies, Mr. O’Hare served as vice president of business development for Dynanet Corporation.
Mr. O’Hare possesses more than 35 years of IT and government contracting experience. He also led the development of many groundbreaking systems, including the GSAAdvantage and GSAAuctions electronic commerce systems. He was proud to lead IT operations for the 2008 U.S. presidential transition.
Rick Lester, President
Rick Lester joined Koniag Incorporated in 2004 as a Technical Program Manager in the Technology Business Sector (now Koniag Government Services) providing executive communications solutions and support to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) until 2012 when he moved to the Sector’s headquarters to serve as the Chief Technology Officer.
Mr. Lester retired from the U.S. Army in 2003 after 26 years of service. His last position was as Director of Technology/Chief Technology Officer for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Ft. Bragg, NC.
Mr. Lester has 37 years of experience in numerous leadership, operational and technical roles supporting the Federal Government, Department of Defense, and Intelligence and Special Operations communities. A combat veteran, he continues to serve from the private sector and is highly regarded for his ability to solve complex problems and management of technical teams in the analysis, planning, design, development, and implementation of emergent technologies.
Adrienne Dunlap, Vice President
Adrienne Dunlap joined the Koniag team in May 2014, working with the management team to streamline daily operational activities, manage and grow KSS programs, and contribute to the development of KSS strategic goals and objectives. She is an experienced professional with expertise in proposal management, proposal writing, business development, and capture management for USG and commercial proposals.
Ms. Dunlap possesses a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was selected as a member of the National Security Education Program's Arabic Flagship, a program which included immersive language and cultural training in Egypt and Syria. Upon completion of her graduate work, Ms. Dunlap supported the DoD’s critical counterterrorism objectives working as an Arabic Linguist and All-Source Analyst.
Since transitioning to the corporate world, she has worked for emerging small businesses supporting DoD contracts to better support their Customers by optimizing business processes, improving operational efficiency, and ultimately elevating the level of service provided to Customer objectives. Ms. Dunlap achieved her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2015.
Matt Carle, Vice President for Enterprise Planning & Analytics
Matt Carle leads KSS’s Enterprise Planning and Analytics practice, focused on the primarily Defense market. Matt specializes in helping to improve the operations of complex organizations by providing timely, accurate, and reliable information to decision makers.
Matt joined Koniag in 2012 and has supported the Federal Government for nearly twenty years with extensive experience in business transformation, enterprise planning, business process improvement, financial management, business operations, and solution development and delivery of information technology services. Prior to joining KSS, he held management positions in both large and small companies where he oversaw multiple accounts providing services to clients across the Federal Government.
Matt has a Master of Science in Engineering Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio University.