Patent and Trademark Office--High-speed Internet Access in Employees' Homes
B-308044, Jan 10, 2007
The Acting Chief Financial Officer of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has requested an advance decision under 31 U.S.C. 3529 on the propriety of reimbursing its employees for costs associated with maintaining high-speed internet access at employees' homes incident to the agency's telework program.
We do not object to PTO's proposal to reimburse employees for high-speed internet service at the employees' home incident to the agency's telework program. We recommend that PTO periodically review the reimbursements to ensure that it has adequate safeguards against private misuse and it is reimbursing employees for homes internet services used for official purposes.