Telework

Telework

POPA employees currently have a variety of telework opportunities and must meet eligibility requirements to participate.

  • Patents Remote Access Agreement (PRAA) (remote access program, NOT telework)
    • provides a means of remote access to the USPTO IT systems for Patents employees represented by POPA who are not participating in a telework program.
    • supersedes the Patent Examiner Laptop Program (PELP).
  • Patents Telework Program (PTP) (partial telework program; covers patent examiners, patent reexamination specialists, and bargaining unit employees in the Office of PCT Legal Administration and the Office of Petitions)
    • for GS 9’s and 11’s with 1 year USPTO service, one day per pay period up to 10 hours.
    • for GS 12’s and above with 1 year USPTO service, one day per week up to 10 hours each day OR variably up to 32 hours within the pay period.
  • Patents Hoteling Program (full time telework program; covers patent examiners).
    • Hoteling Guidelines (not an agreement) and Settlement Agreement.
    • Employees who maintain USPTO headquarters or a regional office as their official duty station as well as employees who live outside the 50 mile radius are required to report to USPTO headquarters twice a pay period unless on a 50 mile radius agreement or TEAPP.
    • Employees who live within a 50 mile radius of a USPTO office and who change their duty station to their alternate worksite are not subject to the regular reporting requirement.
  • Telework Program B  – applies to Bargaining Unit (BU) members who are NOT Patent examiners, CRU examiners, PCT examiners, or Petitions examiners.  This is an intermittent telework program.