WASHINGTON – If there were a licensed trademark for goofing around, this group of federal workers would own it.
For more than four years employees of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board had so little work to do, they spent nearly 90 percent of their work days in "non-production time" but still got paid – and even received hefty bonuses, an internal investigation found.
A Commerce Department inspector general's report said "substantial, pervasive" waste in the office totaled more than $5 million between 2009 and 2012.
A group of about four dozen paralegals had "insufficient workloads and considerable idle time during work hours," the report found.
(Geoff Earle. US patent board wasted $5M on employees who didn’t work. New York Post. August 1,2014.)