The Honorable Angela B. Styles
Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Office of Management and Budget
Washington, D.C. 20503
Dear Ms. Styles:
I am pleased to submit the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) fourth “Annual Report on Management
of Commercial Activities” for fiscal year (FY) 2002. This report has identified
approximately 45 percent or 3,027 of our federal workforce as performing commercial
type activities. This is an increase of over 10 percent from our FY 2000 report.
The USPTO, in response to increasing
workloads and timeframes for granting patents and registering trademarks,
recently announced a new strategic plan that will transform the agency and
implement responsive, market-driven approaches to our work processes. In this
regard, the USPTO has identified new approaches for performing work that is
currently done by Federal employees, while preserving the inherently governmental
responsibilities for examination. As a result, the FY 2002 inventory will
identify even more of our positions to competition with the private sector.
The USPTO has been a strong advocate
of using the private sector to support our core mission businesses. In this
regard, we have already contracted out many functions that other agencies
are just beginning to consider, e.g., payroll, mail processing/handling, clerical
support, data transcription, systems maintenance and development, help desk
support, etc. Service contracts, in particular, have presented an excellent
opportunity to help us with our fluctuating workload, as well as minimize
the impact on our employees as we transition to a fully electronic workplace.
During FY 2002 alone, the USPTO increased the number of contract personnel
onboard by over 1,000. We chose to manage a new workload requirement resulting
from the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-113) by contracting
out. Currently, the USPTO has over 3,900 contract personnel working either
onsite at our facilities or offsite at contractor facilities. This work is
in addition to potential commercial activities identified in our FY 2002 inventory.
If the USPTO were given credit for its current contracting efforts, approximately
39% of our total workforce has already been contracted out. I have enclosed
a listing of the current services that the USPTO receives from commercial
or other government sources for your information.
We are proud of our accomplishments
and activities with regard to the FAIR Act and look forward to receiving feedback
from OMB on our FY 2002 inventory. Please direct any questions that may arise
to W. Dan Haigler at (703) 305-8161.
Clarence C. Crawford