As a Senior Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office, Keith Ausbrook is a key team member on the firm’s high-profile monitoring and compliance engagements. He has led teams reviewing sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance programs in financial institutions around the world including engagements in London, Jersey, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Poland, Serbia, Morocco, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. In addition, Mr. Ausbrook supports the business development efforts for investigative, compliance, and consulting services.
Mr. Ausbrook is a distinguished lawyer with an accomplished record of managing complex crises. He has held numerous senior executive and legislative branch positions where he developed and implemented investigative and legal strategies, advised senior government officials on legal and political issues, and participated in public messaging for high profile matters. Mr. Ausbrook has extensive experience with government investigations including Congressional, Inspector General, Government Accountability Office, and federal criminal matters. As the Chief Oversight Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee following the September 11 attacks, he was deeply involved in the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act and other counterterrorism measures.
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions in 2014, Mr. Ausbrook was General Counsel and Senior Vice President at CDS, LLC where he served as the chief legal officer and provided advice to its government and private sector clients in matters such as federal regulatory programs and compliance, due diligence investigations, federal contracting matters, and homeland and national security. Previously, he served as Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council at the White House advising and supporting the President of the United States. He developed and advanced homeland security and counterterrorism policy and produced memoranda and reports for the President and the public on multiple subjects, including maritime security, emergency preparedness, and pandemic influenza planning.
Mr. Ausbrook managed a Congressional investigation of the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina as the Special Counsel to a House select committee of Members of Congress. The Committee produced a report of more than 500 pages that was widely accepted by the public as authoritative and formed the basis for numerous reforms.
As the top lawyer on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Mr. Ausbrook supervised teams of lawyers who conducted oversight and investigations on matters throughout the federal government, including federal contracting during the war in Iraq, the theft of classified information by former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, and the disclosure of Valerie Plame’s identity. He was responsible for the final publication of the official House of Representatives report on corruption at the FBI in Boston and was involved in legislation enacting and oversight implementing the 9/11 Commission recommendations, including implementing the SAFETY Act, improving information technology systems at the FBI, enhancing the security of immigration processes, and imposing new security standards for state drivers’ licenses and other identification cards.
As a senior lawyer and Deputy Independent Counsel in the U.S. Office of the Independent Counsel, Mr. Ausbrook worked on highly visible, sensitive investigations; developed and executed investigative and legal strategies; and produced final official reports submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and released to the public, explaining the activities and conclusions of the Office. These reports covered investigations ranging from complex tax law to regulated lending practices and professional misconduct and the treatment of sensitive and classified materials.