Operating procedures for interested STEPP participants
Entry into the STEPP program is granted based on available resources, training slots available, and appropriateness of the topics suggested.
Weather-related emergencies and unexpected closings:
In the event of a weather-related emergency or other unexpected closing, STEPP follows the operating status of the USPTO office at which the training is being held, as determined by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance. If the training is being held at a non-USPTO office location, STEPP follows the operating status of the non-USPTO office location at which the training is being held. As a result, STEPP training for a particular day may have a delayed start or be canceled due to inclement weather. The USPTO is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to cancelations or delays. Furthermore, no makeup session will be scheduled.
In-person courses will not run on a day the office is closed (but if, for example, the office is closed only on Tuesday, the training will take place as scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday).
Office open with delayed arrival
In-person courses will begin the number of hours indicated after the scheduled start time (e.g., if there is a 1-hour delay, a course scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. will begin at 9:30 a.m.).
In-person courses will be dismissed the number of hours indicated before the scheduled end time (e.g., if there is a 2-hour early dismissal, a course scheduled to end at 5 p.m. will dismiss at 3 p.m.).
All other operating statuses (e.g., open with option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework)
In-person courses will run as scheduled.
For information on the current operating status of the USPTO office at which your course is being held, please see the following: