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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2007
Management's Discussion and Analysis

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Performance Audits and Evaluations

The OIG completed one inspection report during FY 2007. The report, Commercial Service Brazil Is Operating Well But Needs Management Attention In Some Areas, focused on the management of the Commercial Service (CS) post in Brazil, including its programmatic, financial, and administrative operations. The OIG recommended that the USPTO work with the CS to clarify the responsibilities of the new IP attaché in Brazil; this included developing a work plan, and ensuring that adequate support staff and travel funds are made available to the attaché. In response, the USPTO created a Latin America Regional Team to support the operations of the CS Brazil attaché, developed an action plan for Latin America, authorized hiring budget and support staff, and approved a budget that included adequate travel funds.

In conjunction with the USPTO’s continued material weakness in IT Security, the OIG completed two evaluations over Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) compliance during FY 2007 (FY 2007 FISMA Assessment of Patent Search System – Primary Search and Retrieval and FY 2007 FISMA Assessment of Project Performance Corpora-tion General Support System).  These reports recognized that while the USPTO has made improvements with FISMA compliance, there are some weaknesses remaining.  These evaluations were performed in support of the Management Goal: Achieve Organizational Excellence.

This section is made up of the following subsections:  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 2007

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