Financial Highlights: Budgetary Resources and Requirements
T otal budgetary resources available for spending are primarily comprised of Congressional authority to spend current year fee collections, as well as fees collected in a prior year that were previously temporarily unavailable. Temporarily unavailable fee collections occur when the Congress does not provide appropriation authority for the USPTO to spend all fees collected during a given fiscal year.
The following charts present the source of funds made available to the USPTO, and the use of such funds.
During fiscal year 2004, total budgetary resources available for spending increased 3.5 percent over the amount available in the preceding year. This modest increase continues the slow growth in budgetary resources available for use, as depicted by the graph below.
The slow growth in total budgetary resources available for spending has had, and continues to have, an impact on the USPTO operations which has resulted in slower implementation of the 21st Century Strategic Plan and the PMA, including hampering the USPTO's ability to make critical investments in resources and technology necessary for developing and/or acquiring automated systems to move to a fully electronic operating environment, and improve pendency. The slow growth in total budgetary resources continues to affect the USPTO's ability to keep pace with the growing number of applications.