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In-Depth Analysis, Strategic Guidance & Skilled Implementation.




OCT Consulting LLC is an SBA-certified 8(a) small disadvantaged business providing federal government and commercial clients with highly skilled professional services. OCT Consulting's executive team and consultants are seasoned professionals and highly sought after leaders with experience at industry leading consulting firms. The OCT Consulting team is committed to delivering value to our clients, or as we prefer to call them, our partners. OCT differentiates itself from the competition by:

Partnering with our clients to support mission/objectives, solving complex problems, and achieving results

Recruiting and retaining highly-skilled employees

Delivering value through proactively working to maintain a lean cost structure and overhead

Always focusing on client success 


OCT Consulting's diversified staff enables clients to navigate complex projects within our areas of expertise: Acquisition & Procurement, Financial Management, Information Technology, Program Management, and Management Consulting. OCT's consultants are results driven and deliver value on a daily basis. 

OCT Consulting, LLC

Unique Entity ID (SAM): GWMAY9613LM3

DUNS Legacy Number: 008790299

CAGE Code: 6UVP1

NAICS Codes: 541611, 541612, 541613, 541618, 541620, 541330, 541511, 541512, 541513, 541519, 541990, 561110


  • Excellence in Quality Management: ISO 9001:2015

  • Excellence in Environmental Management: ISO 14001:2015

  • Excellence in Information Technology: ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018

  • Excellence in Information Technology: ISO/IEC 27001:2013

  • CMMI® Development V2.0 (CMMI-SVC, CMMI-DEV) Maturity Level 3

Corp. Info


ISO 9001:2015 Certification: OCT earned the ISO 9001:2015 certification, which sets out the criteria for a quality management system. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, motivation and implication of top management, process approach, and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, high-quality products and services. This standard represents an international consensus on good management practices, policies, and procedures for the purposes of ensuring that an organization can reliably meet the customer’s quality requirements in the delivery of products or services.

ISO 14001:2015 Certification: OCT earned the ISO 14001: 2015 certification, which establishes standards for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. ISO 14001 requires continuous improvement of an organization’s systems and approach to environmental concerns. ISO 14001:2015 enables an organization to realize the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which creates value for the organization and interested parties. Consistent with an organization’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include improvement of environmental performance, fulfillment of compliance obligations and the achievement of environmental objectives.

ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018: OCT earned the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 certification, which specifies requirements for an organization to establish, implement, maintain, and continually improve service management systems (SMS). The requirements specified for this certification include the planning, design, transition, delivery, and improvement of services to meet the service requirements and delivery value. The certification provides the customer assurance regarding the quality of services and allows OCT to demonstrate its capability in improvement of its services and monitoring of the SMS services.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013: OCT earned the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, which specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continuously improving an information security management system within the context of the organization. It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks tailored to the needs of the organization.

CMMI Development V2.0 (CMMI-SVC, CMMI-DEV): OCT has been appraised at Level 3 of the ISACA Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) for Services and Development (CMMI-SVC & CMMI-DEV) by Concept Quality Assurance Labs. Achieving a CMMI level 3 designation demonstrates that OCT’s performance and execution is based on standards, procedures, tools and methods that are well-defined, understood and improved over time. This establishes the company’s full commitment to high-level process improvements that assure the delivery of superior solutions to its customers.

Meet the team



Get to know the Corporate Team behind OCT Consulting

OCT Consulting Atul Kathuria


Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Atul Kathuria is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OCT Consulting. With more than 20 years of management consulting experience, Atul provides strategic leadership, management and vision. Prior to founding OCT Consulting in 2013, Atul worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and Ernst and Young.


Atul holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds Advanced Change Management Certification (CMAP) from Georgetown University.

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OCT Consulting Wayne Smith


Vice President, Operations

Wayne Smith is OCT Consulting’s VP of Operations. Wayne is a multifaceted manager with vast experience in Business Development, Program and Project management, Personnel Management, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Education and Training, and Exercise Development and Execution. He brings an extensive background in Program and Project Management, Emergency and Disaster Management, and expertise in Adult Education and Training. Wayne is also an Air Force veteran with 22 years of military experience.


Wayne holds a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Health Sciences, Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International. He obtained his bachelor’s in applied arts and sciences with a concentration in Political Science and International Relations from Midwestern State University. He also holds certificates in Essentials of Project Management, Mastering Project Management, and a Master Certification in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.

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Program Manager

John Raffier is OCT's Corporate Program Manager, and has significant leadership, strategic planning, human capital management, policy development, process improvement, and program/project management experience supporting the Department of Defense and other federal government agency. John is also a U.S. Navy veteran with 20 years of military experience.


John has earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. He is a certified and current Project Management Professional.

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Program Manager

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran with significant experience with technical program management including wireless communications, electronic warfare, and supporting research and development activities with multiple Federal Government agencies and the Department of Defense.


Phil holds a MBA from Boston University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) from Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Senior Human Resource Generalist

Jennifer Purdy is OCT Consulting's Sr. HR Generalist.  She is a certified HR Professional with an extensive background in office administration and full life cycle human resources activities within the private and Government Contractor sectors. As a member of OCT's Corporate Team, Jennifer provides recruiting, benefits administration, and other infrastructure functions. 


Jennifer has earned Associates Degrees from Northern Virginia Community College in both Liberal Arts and General Studies with an emphasis in Business Administration.  She also holds an active Society of Human Resources Certified Professional certification. 

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HR Generalist

Jennifer has a background in Human Resources specializing in administration for five years in Los Angeles. As a member of the OCT Corporate team, Jennifer works to fulfill day-to-day operations, assisting in recruiting and benefits administration preparations. She joined the OCT team in 2022.


Jennifer has earned an Associate's Degree from El Camino Community College in Communication Studies in Torrance, California. 

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HR Generalist

Maria has HR and Office Administration experience, which includes a strong recruiting background with Government contracts. Her experience includes sourcing, scheduling, applicant tracking, and qualifying candidates. At OCT Consulting, she assists with recruiting and other HR functions and started in December 2022.


Maria has earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Radford University with a concentration in Management and a Minor in Communications. I also am HRCI certified in having my Associate Professional in Human Resources certification, earned in October 2020.

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Business Development Associate 

Brianna Cebello is a Business Development Associate at OCT Consulting and brings over two years of experience in capture management, market analysis, and proposal coordination for various government clients. Before joining OCT, she was a Senior Business Development Associate at IESC and an education volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Brianna holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from George Washington University. She joined the OCT team 2023.


Brianna holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from George Washington University.

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IT Director

Nikhil Gupta is OCT Consulting’s Director of Information Technology. As an IT executive, he provides strategic vision, planning, team leadership and development of mission-critical information systems, software applications and technology support and infrastructure systems that enable organizations to achieve long-term goals.


Nikhil holds a Bachelor of Engineering from an engineering college in India and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Washington University, Washington DC.

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Cyber Security Program Manager

James Harless is the Cyber Security Program Manager with the OCT Consulting. Jim is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with more than 20 years of Cyber Security and IT experience. He has experience at many federal agencies. Jim has extensive Cyber, IT, Project Management, Agile, DevSecOps, and Recruiting experience. 


James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Salisbury University. He also is Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certified. 

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Business Development Associate 

Allison Whyte is a Business Development Associate with extensive project development experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining OCT, Allison worked on developing projects in manufacturing, theatre, and other live events, and commercial construction and development. She joined the OCT team in 2023.


Allison holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also completed several project management training courses through the Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as the Harvard Business School Online’s CORe program.

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