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Resume for John W. Boushka
4201 Wilson Blvd #110-688
Arlington, VA 22203-1859
Best phone: 571-334-6107
Best email: JBoushka@aol.com
Senior systems analyst or team lead utilizing my solid experience in MIS to add to organizational efficiency, stability and integrity.
Especially, leadership in areas where technology, law and social conditions combine to create cutting edge problems requiring critical thinking, objective analysis and careful implementation.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
A data processing business applications specialist with substantial experience in life insurance, health care, credit reporting, media, accounting, and public policy research systems. Have implemented major applications after full systems development life cycle on IBM mainframe (batch and on-line). Have provided technical leadership, specification of business and technical requirements, coding, unit and systems integration testing, implementation, documentation and on-call production support.
SINCE RETIREMENT (END OF 2001): Various interim jobs, including writing a certification test in business ethics for Brainbench in early 2003. Considerable research done on Internet and law issues. There is some royalty income from three books that I have authored and advertising for websites that I run, as well as social security.
ING-Reliastar – Arlington, Va. and Minneapolis, MN Life insurance and annuities January 1990 to December 2001 (retired)
Senior Programmer Analyst
· Reduced head count (by 2) for administration of billing of life insurance premiums to employers through salary deduction, by developing major reporting system enhancements. I extensively modified and tested a number of batch COBOL and IDMS programs and designed a batch job to capture print images from a common source, after debriefing users. I also provided ongoing support to salary deduction system with respect to such issues as complex scheduling of multiple billing and collection and missed-deduction letter-generation jobs, and electronic data transfer.
· Reduced volume of return mail (by about 20%), by implementing new NCOA (National Change of Address) interface and by clientization of major Vantage system. I analyzed USPS (Postal Service) audit requirements and coded (in COBOL II) forward and reverse interfaces to a client management system (CMS), as well as creating a batch database (IMS) update job. I also helped operations support the Fast Forward and Group-1 (Windows NT) portions of the system. I later helped to convert and test many of the IO modules in this client management system to DB2, using SQL and cursors. I also implemented a special CICS “jump” between the client management system and Vantage NBU (new business). I provided on-call support for CMS batch cycles and Y2K modification and verification testing.
· Facilitated cross-selling, by installing new life insurance products on legacy systems. I installed these products by modifying and testing Assembler code in CFO and sometimes in (COBOL) VLN legacies, and then by providing interfaces to the salary deduction system. Often the work involved revising batch JCL and procs with considerations for restart, recovery, and generation data groups.
· Enabled efficient customer service and cross-selling after merger, by implementing legacy replications and gateways to a common GUI customer service workbench. I wrote these replications in COBOLMVS and DYL280, and I wrote a COBOL II CICS gateway to a Vantage-NBU (new business) system, using XPEDITER as a development debugging tool.
· Enhanced security of an accounts payable system with a new signature approval process. I created a new batch job with COBOL, VSAM and JCL. I also supported a vendor supplied accounts payables system (MSA) and supported 4GL Information Expert (IE) modules, while on one occasion reformatting checks.
· Reduced production outages and down time by 80%, by careful testing and, when in a support role for a service center that accessed an operational consolidated data store through a PowerBuilder GUI interface, by carefully documenting recurring environmental problems to help other associates; always provided dependable off-hours support as necessary. I trouble-shooted problems in Powerbuilder components, Sybase stored procedures, Enterprise Access C-code screen-emulations and java mid-tier classes. I did some routine server administration when on-call in response to outages. I also found quality assurance test data for various maintenance tasks with SQL.
· Consolidated commission statements provided to agents. I wrote a job to consolidate commission data by various levels of agents in COBOL.
TECHNICAL SKILL SETS: (for large projects): COBOL II, COBOLMVS, CICS (Command and Macro), XPEDITER, IBM mainframe Assembler, SAS, Easytrieve, DYL280, Syncsort, DB2 (with COBOL II and SQL on MVS), IMS, IDMS, Sybase, MVS JCL with procs, TSO/ISPF, ChangeMan and CA-Librarian, CMS (Client Management System), Group-1 Software (for NCOA); Life legacy systems: CFO, ISSU-COMM, VLN, Vantage One (for gateways and replication), MSA with Information Expert, ACS (commissions), salary deduction (EPIX in-house system); (for support only): Unix, Java (with Visual Café), PowerBuilder, VSAM, HTML, Sybase with SQL and stored procedures, Test Director; did on-call support for both mainframe and mid-tier
Lewin-ICF/Consolidated Consulting Group – Washington, DC Public policy and social science research July 1988 to January 1990 Programmer Analyst · Enabled small consulting operating to remain in business, by quick application problem solving and by having set up the application to be run very efficiently. · Attracted client business to public policy consulting business, by maintaining a COBOL “Public Policy Simulation Model” and by providing accurate tabular reports on Medicare operating margins (often with SAS “data step” extracts and procedures), both based upon a large public detail Medicare claims source (Medpar). The reports were based upon such concepts as ICD-9 codes, DRG (Diagnosis Related Group), case-mix, outliers, and hospital classification. Used these skills: COBOL, MVS, VM, SAS, IBM mainframe Assembler. VSAM, TSO/ISPF, various PC skills, familiarity with Federal Register.
Chilton Corporation – Dallas, TX Credit reporting and credit bureau operations November 1981 to June 1988 Lead Programmer Analyst · Enabled a credit reporting company to bill more efficiently, by implementing consolidated billing to members across multiple bureaus and by implementing modern daily billing system. Used these skills: COBOL, Datacomm DB, Datacomm DC, IBM mainframe Assembler, MVS JCL and procs, ROSCOE, system life cycle and structured design, did on-call support
COMBINED MEDICARE A&B CONSORTIUM -- Dallas, TX January 1979 to October 1981 Systems Consultant · Designed postpayment utilization review system (which would compare claims experience to reasonable and customary charges) for Medicare. Used these skills: Pride-Logik (a repository for documentation with links among various elements allocated among various systems development life cycle “phases”), Pseudocode, structured design, IMS
BRADFORD NATIONAL CORPORATION -- New York, NY (Medicaid MMIS) May 1977 to January 1979 Member of Technical Staff · Facilitated fraud reduction, by developing and implementing New York State Medicaid Management and Administrative Reporting System (MARS). I designed, coded, tested and implemented monthly batch jobs in COBOL to summarize Medicaid claims detail in various ways and then coded report programs to present various summaries with respect to federal participation or non-participation or provider type (such as different kinds of nursing homes). The claims detail at that time was about 1 million per month. Used these skills: COBOL, MVS, JCL, TSO/ISPF
NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY (NBC) – New York, NY August 1974 to May 1977 Programmer-Analyst · Maintained and implemented General Ledger system. Used these skills: Univac 1108, Exec 8, COBOL , with an Infonational accounting software package. Also, coded and implemented COBOL detail extract program on Spectra 70.
UNIVAC – Morristown and Piscataway N.J. September 1972 to August 1974 Site support representative and benchmark analyst
Naval Command Systems Support Activity – Washington, DC March 1971 to September 1972 Military systems (Fortran and assembler), with security clearance; also summer jobs at David Taylor Model Basin while in college and graduate school.
RCA – Princeton, NJ February 1970 to February 1971 Operations Research Trainee
US Army, February 1968 to February 1970, active duty, rank at separation, E-4.
INTERIM JOBS (2002 to present, after retirement, less related to current objectives)
Telefunding for Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis), part time, from April 2002 to June 2003
Debt Collector, for Risk Management Alternatives (St. Paul, MN), from May 2003 to Aug. 2003 (before relocation back to Washington DC area for family reasons)
Telephone sales of subscriptions to National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, for Arts Marketing, from Oct. 2003 to Dec. 2003.
Substitute Teacher, for Fairfax County and Arlington County public schools, from April 2004 to December 2005.
Object Oriented Programming (OOP) training on the job - 1999
FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute (LOMA) – 1995 ICCP ACP and CCP certifications (1992-1998)
M.A. Mathematics – University of Kansas – 1968
B.S. Mathematics – George Washington University – 1966
Completed two courses (in Microsoft .NET with C#, and XML) fall 2002 semester at Hennepin County Technical College (Minnesota)
Current certifications: Brainbench, COBOL II, Nov 2006