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Federal IT pioneer Giammo dies at 79

Tom Giammo, a longtime federal IT executive whose work spanned a half-dozen different agencies, passed away recently at the age of 79.  His family shared the news in an Aug. 1 death notice in the Washington Post.

Giammo began his IT career in the defense contracting sector before moving into government.  He served in the General Services Administration, the Government Accountability Office, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the since-reorganized Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  He managed the SSA's early mainframe systems, coordinated the launch of NOAA satellites and led the initial digitization of USPTO's patent system. 

Giammo won three Federal 100 awards in the early 1990s, and subsequently served as a Fed 100 judge.  He retired from the federal government in 1993.

A memorial gathering is being held Aug. 12 in Rockville, Md.   Details are available via Giammo's son, Larry, at larrygiammo.com.

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Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

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