John L. Palmer is a University Professor and Dean-Emeritus of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. He also recently served two presidentially-appointed terms as a public trustee for the Medicare and Social Security programs. Prior to moving to Syracuse to assume the Maxwell deanship, Dr. Palmer ccupied several different positions in Washington, DC, including Senior Fellow of The Brookings Institution and of The Urban Institute and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services. He has published 13 books and many professional and popular articles on a wide range of topics related to economic, budgetary and social policy concerns and won an award for teaching excellence at the graduate level in the Maxwell School. He also has provided expert testimony to Congress on numerous occasions and served as a consultant to various government agencies, private foundations, and universities. He is a senior fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former president of the National Academy of Social Insurance. His other past professional activities have included serving on various committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the Visiting Committee of The Brookings Institution; current professional activities include serving on the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute, the Board of Directors of the New York State Health Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Robertson Foundation for Government. Dr. Palmer received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College.