PTO's Shaw heads for Smithsonian

PTO's Shaw heads for Smithsonian

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

SEPT. 18—Dennis R. Shaw, chief information officer at the Patent and Trademark Office, is retiring from federal service this month.

On Oct. 2, he will start in the newly created position of chief technology officer of the Smithsonian Institution.

Asked about the highlights of his seven-year tenure at PTO, Shaw cited electronic filing of patent and trademark applications over the Internet, a revenue accounting system for fee collection and a data management program.

Shaw started working with computers while serving as a Marine in Vietnam. He has been a General Accounting Office auditor, head of Marine Corps information resources management, and chief of staff and director of operations for the Defense Information Systems Agency's Center for Information Management.

As CTO, Shaw will be the senior executive responsible for all information technology and systems within the diverse Smithsonian Institution, which comprises 16 museums and the National Zoo. He will report to Robert Bailey, the institution's undersecretary for finance and administration, spokeswoman Mary Combs said.

Shaw is retiring from federal service because the CTO's job is funded through the Smithsonian's own trust fund. Virtually all the institution's senior staff salaries come from the trust fund, Combs said.

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