Time and Attendance Abuse at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Subcommittee on Government Operations
Subcommittee on Government Operations
Hearing Date: December 7, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:

  • To provide an opportunity for members to understand the steps the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has taken and still need to take to prevent time and attendance abuse.

BACKGROUND:

  • In August 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was alerted to potential time and attendance abuse where a USPTO examiner committed at least 730 hours of time and attendance abuse, resulting in payment of $25,000 for hours not worked.
  • OIG conducted an agency-wide investigation and released its findings in an August 2016 report identifying over 288,000 unsupported hours equating to more than $18.3 million in potential waste.
  • OIG found USPTO did not fully address some recommendations issued in the 2015 report.

 

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Russell Slifer Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office Document
Mr. David Smith Acting Deputy Inspector General U.S. Department of Commerce Document
Ms. Pamela Schwartz President Patent Office Professional Association Document
Mr. David Chu, Ph.D. Panel Chair National Academy of Public Administration Document

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