"NO TEXT SEARCHING! and that she KNOWS who does it, and our efforts to hide it are useless!"
have been told verbatim "this is XXXXXXX (my technology), there isnt anything patentable, its all been done!"
If your allegations are true, your SPE needs to be removed from her post. But, if you're going to get fired or quit, you might as well try to fix the situation before you leave. Just be careful.
STIC offers a free search training, why not email STIC and CC your boss requesting an appointment to learn how to do text searching correctly so that your boss will allow you to do text searches, and mention to your boss that you CC'd her so that anyone else in the art unit she feels might benefit from learning to text search could also join in.
If you manage to find a reference in a text search that could not have been found in a subclass search, why not email your boss and ask explicitly if you can use that reference although it would not have been found in the subclass search even though you were instructed not to text search under any circumstances. Browse through chapter 900 of the MPEP for support for using text searching.
You should record what cases you posted to her and how long it took until she looked at them.
My point: get whatever is said on the record.
Statements like "there isnt anything patentable, its all been done!" worry me greatly since it shows she is unwilling to follow the statutory laws set in place to make this determination. She may be making your life difficult, but more importantly she may be denying Applicants their right to patentable subject matter.
Add to all this, that if I post a case after meeting with my spe, it usually doesnt get either counted or kicked back to me for 2 biweeks, sometimes more. At one point I had about 14 cases posted on my console in oacs. I post maybe 4 a biweek. I was getting ZERO counts for a few biweeks. I asked my spe what the deal was, and she apologised saying shes been busy, and wont hold it against me,
Except she will
hold it against you when the Director notices your 0% production and demands the SPE take action. She's going to cover her butt and blame you before she admits she was incapable or too busy to do her job. Since you're within the 2 year probationary period, you can be fired at any time without reason. Yes, it's not fair. Yes, getting fired from a government job looks very bad if you apply for a different position within the government in the future. Keep a copy of your (friendly!) two weeks notice handy in case she tries to ax you.
P.S. This job sucks, your friends just haven't had to realize it yet.