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FCW : August 30, 2013
August 30, 2013 FCW.COM 15 4,100 who do so four to ve days per week and more than 1,000 who work far outside the commuting range of USPTO s Alexandria, Va., headquar- ters. And although there are undoubt- edly still papers in some employees briefcases, the agency s telecommute- friendly work ows are now entirely electronic. USPTO s adoption of telework was a key factor in its ability to save 46,000 square feet in of ce space and millions of dollars in leasing costs by moving from Crystal City to a consolidated campus in Alexandria in 2005. The agency has grown substantially since moving to the new space. The rising number of patent applications has fueled the demand for additional examiners, yet because of the telework programs, the agency has been able to increase the size of its workforce without adding of ce space. In fact, USPTO s savings increase with each new full-time teleworker. Federal guidelines specify that employ- ees at the GS-12 level or higher must have 150-square-foot of ces (GS-12 and below share of ces). But USPTO s full- time teleworkers do not have designat- ed space at the agency s of ce, though they have the ability to reserve a work MN 8 WI 12 MI 2 IN 4 TN 7 OH 30 WV 8 NY 51 PA 73 VA 69 SC 16 FL 83 VT 1 NJ 32 MA 32 RI 1 CT 11 DE 12 MD 21 NC 54 GA 25 AL 9 IL 26 MS 1 MO 4 LA 5 3,100 patent examiners have relinquished their of ce space worked at the USPTO headquarters and carried briefcases full of les as they shuttled between work and home. There were complications and issues --- this was the era of unreli- able dial-up Internet and 56k modems --- but within a year, the patent of ce followed the trademark of ce s lead and began its own one-day-per-week telework pilot. In the past 16 years, telework has become a critical component of agen- cy operations, said Danette Campbell, senior telework adviser at USPTO. Of - cials have conducted multiple pilot pro- grams in response to legislation, fed- eral initiatives or agency needs, and have developed individual telework strategies for various departments. Today the agency has almost 8,000 employees who work remotely from one to ve days per week, including Telework growth at USPTO NH 1 10k 8k 6k 4k 2k 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Eligible to telework Eligible positions teleworking
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