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PTO's telework troubles open new pothole in feds' road to success

The Patent and Trademark Office's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Experts say PTO's challenges are part of the growing pains of telework.

Tags: management , telework , PTO , Commerce Department , Laura Horn , Kate Lister , Frank Wolf , Todd Elmer , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:51am EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

Tags: Commerce Department , inspector general , oversight , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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PTO commissioner illegally intervened in hiring

An executive in the Patent and Trademark Office was found to have violated several federal laws when she used her position to get a relative's boyfriend a job in her agency. The inspector general of the Commerce Department investigated the matter after getting a tip from a whistleblower.

Tags: Deborah Cohn , IG , Commerce Department , trademark , patent , hiring , investigation , USPTO , oversight

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

The Census Bureau is doing a good job following directions as it prepares for the 2020 census in the face of mandatory budget cuts the past two years. Todd Zinser is Inspector General of the Commerce Department. He's looking at how closely the Census Bureau is following its financial guidance for absorbing the cuts and preparing for 2020 and can still see some room to improve.

Tags: Commerce Department , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

A key IT problem at the Commerce Department turns out to be a communications problem. A breakdown in information exchange caused the response to a possible network breach at one of the agency's bureaus to be much worse than it had to be. Todd Zinser, inspector general at the Commerce Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose where his team started in trying to diagnose the problem.

Tags: Commerce Department , information technology , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 11:33am EDT
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Stimulus strains contracting workforce

You knew the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would be more work. But no one knew just how much work the stimulus bill would create for federal agencies and whether they would have the capacity to carry it out. That task fell to the Inspector General at the Commerce Department.

Tags: mngt , acquisition , contracting , ARRA , best practices , oversight , IG , Commerce , stimulus funding , grants ,

Thursday - 03/18/2010, 11:10am EDT
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