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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #280 on: Apr 18th, 2006, 4:33pm »
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I called recently for prices and all they had were a couple of 1-BR's coming available for around $1600 (+utils,+$50 for parking).  Pretty dang expensive..
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« Reply #281 on: Apr 21st, 2006, 6:25pm »
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I know there is a metro w/in walking distance, but do any employees park at the USPTO?  Are there annual parking passes?  Does anyone know how much it costs to park in the garages?  Thanks!!!
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« Reply #282 on: Apr 21st, 2006, 8:56pm »
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Is that $90/month parking fee for employees also? On my "do these things before orientation" letter, it says, "The cost of parking for the entire day is $10.00, however, your parking receipt can be validated..." Of course, it doesn't specify if that's only for orientation or if daily validation is possible.
 
I don't mean to question your credibility, RogersDA (since you always have great input here), but are you completely sure of all that? Intuitively, I'd think/hope that the place I work for lets me park in their own on-site garage.  Undecided
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« Reply #283 on: Apr 22nd, 2006, 4:15pm »
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The $90 parking fee makes the higher rental prices of the carlyle ****n easier to justify.  No parking fee and no commuting expenses. Wink
 
Here's a question:
I noticed the job announcements that include patent academy training say you are not a regular government employee for a given number of months or years.  I'm currently a federal employee and considering applying to the USPTO.  Wouldn't that disrupt my TSP matching and other government benefits?
 
Would I be better off applying to a standard job announcement that doesn't include the new training program?  Plenty of new USPTO employees have learned on the job (without the academy) in the past.  thanks
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Re: interesting info
« Reply #284 on: Apr 22nd, 2006, 4:51pm »
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on Apr 22nd, 2006, 4:15pm, daven wrote:
The $90 parking fee makes the higher rental prices of the carlyle ****n easier to justify.  No parking fee and no commuting expenses. Wink

 
Nope, there is a parking fee at Carlyle ****n. I pay $25/month because it is in my lease, but you pay more if not. I think its $75/month for a second car. They charge for guests and have towed many cars. Everything costs money here.
 
 
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Here's a question:
I noticed the job announcements that include patent academy training say you are not a regular government employee for a given number of months or years.  I'm currently a federal employee and considering applying to the USPTO.  Wouldn't that disrupt my TSP matching and other government benefits?

 
I know you get the gov't benefits - health care, FERS, and TSP. You do have to work here 3 years to vest your TSP, but maybe not if you transfer from another fed position.
 
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Would I be better off applying to a standard job announcement that doesn't include the new training program?  Plenty of new USPTO employees have learned on the job (without the academy) in the past.  thanks

 
Don't think you can get a job here without going through training unless you are returning to work here (they do hire people back if they don't like life in the real world).
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