Accompanying Information on USPTO Performance
Performance Audits and Evaluations
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued two audit reports during FY 2009, both of which were for an agency that the USPTO is the funding source for. The first audit report, International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), DC, Audit Report No. ATL-9999-9-3418, Audit of MOU No. 2006-069-039, focused on IIPI’s audit report for the period ended December 31, 2007, to review their compliance to OMB Circular A-133 reporting requirements. The OIG noted questioned costs of $28,842 on expenditures billed to the USPTO for which the related expenditures were not recorded in the IIPI general ledger. The management at IIPI is currently focusing on improving documentation for general ledger account reconciliations. The USPTO has prepared a corrective action plan to document that the Agency’s accounts payable procedures prevent erroneous payments, which upon subsequent review of the questioned costs showed that the Agency properly recorded IIPI payments.
The second audit report, International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), DC, Audit Report No. ATL-9999-8-3178 and Audit Report No. ATL-9999-8-3179, Audit of MOU No. 2004-141-007, focused on the organization’s audit report for the period ended December 31, 2004 and 2005, to review their compliance to OMB Circular A-133 reporting requirements. Due to the late submission of the audit reports by the IIPI, the OIG will not monitor the report findings. If the IIPI has not corrected the findings prior to the next audit, the OIG may monitor a resolution at that time.
Performance Data Verification and Validation
Performance Goal 1: Optimize Patent Quality and Timeliness
Performance Goal 2: Optimize Trademark Quality and Timeliness
Performance Goal 3: Improve Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Domestically and Abroad
Commissioner's Performance for FY 2009