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John R. Dyer

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

John R. Dyer, Chief Operating Officer at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in financing and delivering health care.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1969 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Mr. Dyer continued his education with a Master of Public Health in 1972 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He provided superior service as a budget examiner and branch chief with the Office of Management Budget and the Executive Office of the President from 1973 to 1980 and as chief financial officer with the Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, United States Department of Health and Human Services) from 1981 to 1984. While at CMS, he led the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act and at the FDA he directed the expansion of the Food and Drug Protection Programs. Beginning in 2005, he served as chief operating officer with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Mr. Dyer served admirably as deputy commissioner for management and finance with the Social Security Administration from 1997 to 2000 and subsequently as a consultant with the Science Applications International Corporation from 2001 to 2005, as well as the owner and president of Jarrett Associates Inc. from 2003 to the present, deputy commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration from 2007 to 2009, president of Strategic Health Solutions in Omaha, Nebraska from 2014 to 2016 and president of the RHI Society in Guatemala from 2016 to the present.

For his government service, Mr. Dyer has garnered numerous honors that include three Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards and a Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive from the Office of Performance and Personnel Management as well as a Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. His professional memberships include the National Academy of Public Administration and he is a past member of the Board of Directors and a past president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.

Mr. Dyer credits his success with the Medicare prescription program to Mark McClellan, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Leslie Norwalk, who was the deputy of the same agency. Former President George W. Bush also provided great support for the project. Mr. Dyer believes that his experience in budget management and with the inner workings of the government, combined with his outcome-oriented approach, greatly contributed to the process as well.

In terms of his impact on society, Mr. Dyer is most pleased with his role in coming up with the Medicare prescription program. He is also proud to have improved the system to increase the quality of services from the United States Social Security Administration, which, as one of the commissioners he mentioned describes it, is “part of the fabric of America,” since it forms a third of the financial support for the elderly. When he worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the second time, he helped enhance the overall system and management of the agency, working towards new ways to finance and deliver health care. With the Food and Drug Administration, he has been instrumental in obtaining additional resources for areas presenting new responsibilities, as well as those needing growth and further support.

In the coming years, Mr. Dyer intends to continue his involvement with his church and the family businesses in Guatemala that he inherited with his siblings. He makes himself available to individuals he has mentored over the years, as they still touch base with him and ask for advice. He and his wife have been traveling more to their home in North Carolina and plan to make it their primary residence.

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