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History of SSA 1993-2000
To develop the Narrative History of SSA
during the period 1993-2000 a workgroup of six members was assembled
in September 2000. The group planned the organization and structure
of the narrative, conducted background research, and wrote and edited
the Narrative. The group was put together under the direction of the
Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources (DCHR) at SSA and consisted
of outstanding employees from the various developmental programs operated
The Workgroup first assembled in early September 2000 and completed
its work early in January 2001.
Here are the six members of the SSA Administrative History Workgroup,
along with brief bios of their SSA careers as of January 2001.
Melvin Files joined SSA as a Records Analysis Clerk in the Birmingham
Program Service Center in August 1990, moving to the position
of Benefit Authorizer in January 1991. He began the first in
a series of diverse assignments in SSA's National Leadership
Development Program in April 2000. His Federal service began
in May 1984 as a sailor in the U.S. Navy and continues through
the present as a reservist.
Maryanne Lysett is a Management Analyst in the Office of Disability
and Income Support Programs and a recent graduate of SSA's Advanced
Leadership Program. She started with the Agency in March 1976
as a Claims Representative in the York, PA field office. Maryanne
worked for 12 years in field offices in the Philadelphia, Chicago
and New York regions before moving to headquarters and a staff
position in the Office of Workforce Analysis.
Lydia Marshall joined SSA in April 1994. Since that time
she has worked in the Philadelphia Region as a Title XVI Claims
Representative in the Baltimore Downtown Office. She has also
served on detail in management positions throughout the field.
In March 2000, Lydia was selected to participate in the national
Leadership Development Program. Her participation in this program
has enabled her to work in various developmental assignments
and gain experience throughout the Agency. For the past several
months she has been a member of the Clinton Presidential Library
workgroup which drafted the History of SSA During the Clinton
Bill Shie joined SSA in December, 1999 as a Presidential
Management Intern in the Chicago Regional Office. He has so
far completed a Title 16 Training Course, and has completed
a 5 month rotation in the Chicago North Field Office as a Title
16 Claims Representative Trainee. He comes to SSA from California
with degrees in psychology and the law, and has formerly worked
lobbying regarding state CPA regulations.
Jim has more than 46 years of high level management and
staff experience, all in the Atlanta Region. He began his career
as a Claims Representative Trainee and subsequently served in
the field as a Field Representative, Claims Supervisor, Assistant
District Manager and District Manager.
His regional office experience includes Staff Director Management,
Area Director, Regional Teleservice Director, Disability Program
Administrator, Regional Public Affairs Officer and Deputy Assistant
Regional Commissioner, Field Operations.
He has congressional experience as a LEGIS Fellow.
Jim spent four months on detail to the Office of Personnel Management
and directed OPM's "Quality Circles" initiative. He
also served as a Cluster leader for the Presidential Management
Intern Southeast Cluster group.
Workgroup Chairman Wayne Harmon,
with Lydia Marshall.
Wayne has been the Director, Regional Office of Quality Assurance
and Performance Assessment, in Atlanta for the past five years.
He recently completed the SES Candidate Development Program
and received his certification from the Office of Personnel
Management. One of his assignments in the SES Candidate Development
Program was working with the Chief of Staff in the Commissioner's
Office in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current position, Wayne
served five years as the Executive Officer to the Regional Commissioner
in Atlanta. He also served as the Training Officer in the Atlanta
Region. Wayne has participated in three national development
programs. He has spent 24 years in Operations and 5 years in
the organization of the Deputy Commissioner for Finance, Assessment