Scott VandeSand, PMP
Director, Deputy Program Manager, World Trade Center Health Program Support

Quick Facts

  • 20+ years of as a Program and Project Manager for federal agencies and commercial clients

  • Serves as Karna’s Deputy Program Manager on the NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program Support (WTCHPS) contract

  • 678-861-4134 | svandesand[at]karna[dot]com

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  • Electronic Health Records
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Program Management
  • World Trade Center Health Program
  • Federal Health IT Integration
  • Best-Practice Tailoring and Implementation
  • IT Portfolio Management
  • Information Management

I am driven to support the World Trade Center Health Program’s mission of providing high quality, compassionate care to those directly affected by the 9/11 terror attacks.”

Scott VandeSand is Karna’s Deputy Program Manager on the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) World Trade Center Health Program Support (WTCHPS) contract. In this role, he is primarily responsible for cost and schedule performance of the $20M+ per year contract. Scott has developed and oversees budget, forecast, and performance tracing tools for labor, and service and supply ODCs, aligned to Cost-Plus Fixed Fee CLINS, as well as firm-fixed-price service components of the WTCHPS contract. He has successfully negotiated modifications to scope, cost, and schedule across multiple Periods of Performance, as well as a contract-wide re-baseline. In his functional role on the WTCHPS contract, Scott is the deputy HPS Operations executive, manages central Program Management Office support functions, and oversees IT development projects.

In addition to his work on the WTCHPS contract, Scott’s career as Program and Project Manager spans positions with the Defense Health Program (DHP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and commercial clients. He has overseen all activities required to successfully execute stakeholder, change, schedule, risk, status, and budget management tasks across large software development and healthcare operations projects. Before joining Karna, Scott was Vice President of Dovel Technologies’ Health IT business unit, which comprised a development team of more than 50 talented individuals and sub-contracted vendors delivering scalable, high-performance, enterprise-level business solutions, including applications that leverage Java, GoLang, Oracle, PostgreSQL, .NET, AWS, and additional commercial off-the-shelf technologies. He oversaw the tailoring of Project Management and Service Delivery best practices to fit customer needs and project constraints. He coordinated schedule and resource needs across projects and was Dovel’s Project Review Authority, monitoring Health IT project performance against internal and contract Service Level Agreements and performance metric targets.

Prior to his work at Dovel, he was the Director of IT/Chief Information Officer for two lobbying firms in the Washington, D.C., area. In that capacity, he was responsible for planning, designing, budgeting, procuring, implementing, and operating IT Infrastructure and Helpdesk services for more than 70 end users. In addition to that role, he was also a registered lobbyist and consulted for clients’ executive leadership regarding emerging technologies, federal technology acquisition trends, and the impact of legislation on technology, life science, and healthcare topics.

Scott also served as the Chief of Staff for the DHP’s Deputy Director of Information Management. In that capacity, he managed a team of 15 contractors to oversee the design and implementation of the DHP Requirements Development Process and management of requirements for the DHP eHealth portfolio. His team also managed the definition and implementation of ASC X12 and HL7 Clinical Document Architecture messaging standards for referrals and associated attachments between the DHP and contracted TRICARE providers. He led contract acquisition strategy development and execution (scope of work/evaluation criteria creation, contract office selection, competition strategy, responding to Q&As, source selection, etc.), developed and presented federal budget submission artifacts for the DHP eHealth portfolio, and managed DoD5000 artifacts aligned to the execution of the DHP eHealth IPT. Early in his career, he worked in managed healthcare sales and marketing to include facilitating and overseeing benefits eligibility determinations, enrollment of individual policyholders and group beneficiaries, escalation of claims inquiries and disputes, and insurance rate renewals for large employer groups.

Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia. He is certified in IT Service Management (ITSM), by ITIL Foundations, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and Defense Acquisition University – Acquisiton Level 2 equivalent.

In his personal life, Scott enjoys supporting his two children in Scout activities, rehabilitating homes with his wife, and spending time with this family.