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Cal Bassford




Executive summary


Cal is a Principal within Grant Thornton’s Public Sector LLC practice. He is a leader within the Healthcare and Social Services Client Mission Group (CMG) where he oversees Grant Thornton’s Payer segment which focuses on Federal agencies providing healthcare benefits and plans. In addition, he is the account lead and key relationship partner for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Outside of industry and accounts he leads the Public Sector’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity service line for Federal healthcare clients, IT controls services offerings across Public Sector, and oversees Baltimore, MD based Public Sector team members.

Cal has over 15 years of experience in Federal healthcare, enterprise risk management, Information Technology (IT) audit/assurance, cybersecurity, and governance, risk and compliance for Federal agencies, as well as, public and private companies. He also brings extensive project management and leadership experience having overseen some of Grant Thornton’s largest information assurance, IT controls and cybersecurity projects.

Cal’s sector focus is federal healthcare where he has responsibility for growth and execution of current projects at CMS and SSA. He has a reputation for quality, value, agility, innovation, and collaboration. In addition he has delivered services to civilian, defense, and state and local agencies, as well as, various commercial sectors.



Professional qualifications and memberships

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)


Community involvement

  • Cal is actively involved in his community through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and coaching youth sports.


Presentations and publications

  • Cal frequently presents on risk management, information assurance, and cybersecurity at events such as the CMS Security Control Oversight & Update Training, AGA, ISACA, and Potomac Forum.



  • B.S., Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, 2003

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