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mk1023
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #900 on: Mar 26th, 2007, 5:09pm »
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on Mar 26th, 2007, 11:40am, freshexaminer wrote:

Does anyone know what step this in the process?  How much longer until I can expect to get an official offer?

PTO HR is not particularly efficient. This process could take days or weeks. Don't be afraid to call them.
 
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Also, I have been looking around for apartments in the area, and they are all really expensive.  I was wondering if anyone here could give some advice/opinions on apartments.  I am looking for a 1 bed 1 bath easily accessible to the Metro.

1 BR/BA near metro describes about six million apartments. Are you looking to live in Alexandria? You could save a few bucks living further away if you're willing to add time to your commute. You should also consider living along a bus route (see dashbus.com). What are you looking to spend?
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jimmmafyzzzz1
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #901 on: Mar 27th, 2007, 9:20am »
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Does anybody know how long it takes to get fired from the PTO for low production?  I heard that you could get fired if youíre under 90 %, is that true?  Are they more lenient with people in the PTA training academy?  I just started in Nov and am having a hard time meeting my GS-9 production goals.  In fact, right now Iím only around 50 % and weíve been on production for several bi-weeks (maybe 3 or 4).  Iím working extremely hard and am making progress (continuously improving), but 100 % production still seems a ways off.  Anybody have any advice?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #902 on: Mar 27th, 2007, 2:49pm »
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on Mar 27th, 2007, 9:20am, jimmmafyzzzz1 wrote:
Does anybody know how long it takes to get fired from the PTO for low production? †I heard that you could get fired if youíre under 90 %, is that true? †Are they more lenient with people in the PTA training academy? †I just started in Nov and am having a hard time meeting my GS-9 production goals. †In fact, right now Iím only around 50 % and weíve been on production for several bi-weeks (maybe 3 or 4). †Iím working extremely hard and am making progress (continuously improving), but 100 % production still seems a ways off. †Anybody have any advice? †Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 
It sounds like you're doing fine. They don't expect you to get up 100% right away.  I just checked my old time logs and it took me a little over a quarter to get up to 100%.  As long as you show that you're improving from biweek to biweek and get to at least 95% at 12 months from hire, you'll be retained.  You'll have to be at over 100% before your promotion though.  I also started at GS9 by the way.  
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #903 on: Mar 27th, 2007, 3:26pm »
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I guess this is as good a place as any to ask this question. For those people that got bonuses, when you got the bonus was it taxed at a significantly higher rate that you'll end up at. The first pay period my was withholding 29.39% of the total amount. This last pay period (with bonus) they withheld 41.49%. It doesn't make sense to me that I'm being taxed at that rate.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #904 on: Mar 27th, 2007, 4:10pm »
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mk1023,
 
Yeah, that's normal in the government.  Awards/bonuses are you usually taxed at about 40% but don't worry, you'll get some of that back at tax time next year.  Same thing happened to me when I got my first year sign on bonus with the federal government, and I think it's about the same for any award/bonus you receive.
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