SSA's Dyer headed to private sector
- By Judi Hasson
- Dec 17, 2000
John Dyer, who helped make the Social Security Administration a leader in
electronic government, is moving to the private sector to take a top job
at Science Applications International Corp.
After 30 years with the federal government, Dyer, 53, will become vice
president and deputy section manager of the enterprise and health solutions
sectors at SAIC.
Dyer will join sector vice president Edward Martin, another former federal
official. Martin was formerly acting assistant secretary of Defense for
health affairs and chief of staff for U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
"When I started in government, [information technology] was something
that people saw as helpful," said Dyer, who has been at SSA for the past
12 years. "Now it is the key, and you can't do anything without it." He
was SSA's chief information officer until being reassigned in October as
senior adviser to SSA Commissioner Ken Apfel.
Dyer began his federal service in 1969, with VISTA (Volunteers in Service
He has closely watched the evolution of the Electronic Age and recalls
that in 1972, electric typewriters were a "big deal."
At SSA, he was responsible for developing strategies that include using
technology to reduce overpayments and developing electronic services that
put SSA at the cutting edge of e-government.