Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

New Commissioner of SSA

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

New Commissioner of SSA

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Kenneth S. Apfel was nominated on May 23,1997, by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate on September 19,1997, as the Commissioner of Social Security (SSA). Mr. Apfel has the honor of becoming the first confirmed Commissioner of Social Security since it became an independent agency in April of 1995. He brings a lifetime of leadership and public service experience to a position that has been frequently described as one of the most complex and challenging in the Federal Government.

Kenneth S. Apfel came to SSA from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President, where he served since 1995 as the Associate Director for Human Resources. His responsibilities included budget, policy, and management review of all human resource agencies of the Federal Government, including SSA, the Departments of Labor and Education, and parts of the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

Prior to his appointment at OMB, Mr. Apfel served as Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was nominated by President Clinton in March 1993 and subsequently confirmed by the Senate. As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Apfel served as a senior budget official and chief financial officer for HHS and served as a principal on the Secretary's task force to elevate SSA to independent agency status.

Mr. Apfel also worked for two decades in the area of social policy. From 1989-93, he was legislative director to Senator Bill Bradley, overseeing the formulation and development of all aspects of congressional policymaking. During 1982-89, he was the Senator's chief staff person for Federal social policy, with a particular focus on programs under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance Committee. …

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