- 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.
- 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
|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|