USPTO Under Fire for Teleworking Abuse

by Lee Hernly, Editor

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The Office of Inspector General  conducted another audit of an award-winning program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that’s received a ton of praise: Telework – where employees are allowed to work from home. This audit came after more reports of abuse of the program. Read the full report online (PDF).

Via Federal Times

A year after a U.S. Patent and Trade Office employee bilked the agency for $25,000 while he played golf, a scathing inspector general’s report found that employees racked up $18.3 million in unsupported hours.

The audit was requested following an August 2015 report detailing how a USPTO employee billed the agency for 730 teleworking hours that he spent local bars and a driving range.

The report found that following the February 2015 teleworking policy’s implementation, 8,100 patent examiners racked up more than 137,000 work hours that were unsupported — a claim investigators made by comparing the work hours claimed by workers compared with data sets showing actual evidence of work.

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