Lisa Rein

ReporterWashington, D.C.

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The report comes after federal auditors found thousands of workers were on paid leave for long periods.

  • Nov 20, 2014

House hearing probes alleged fraudulent claims by examiners about hours spent teleworking.

  • Nov 18, 2014

Lawmakers alleged early this year that Todd Zinser protected his top deputies when they were accused of intimidating staffers.

  • Nov 18, 2014

Patent Commissioner Margaret Focarino told lawmakers there is no culture of fraud at the patent office.

  • Nov 18, 2014

The patent commissioner cited a pilot program designed to discourage ‘end-loading’ patent reviews.

  • Nov 18, 2014

“It’s theft,” Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), a former federal prosecutor, told patent commissioner Margaret Focarino at the hearing before two House committees.

  • Nov 18, 2014

Patent commissioner Margaret Focarino defended her agency’s performance chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

  • Nov 18, 2014

The Commerce Department IG described a culture at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that “has deemphasized time and attendance rules in favor of production goals.“

  • Nov 18, 2014

A House hearing is underway on fraudulent practices at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s telework program.

  • Nov 18, 2014

Patent office in negotiations with unions in advance of hearing Tuesday before Congress.

  • Nov 17, 2014
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Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government. At the Post, she has written about state politics and government in Annapolis, Md. and Richmond, Va., local government in Fairfax County, Va. and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods.

She was previously a reporter for the New York Daily News, where she covered former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the city’s colorful taxi industry. Before crossing the Hudson River, she chronicled Asian immigration to Northern New Jersey for The Record of Hackensack. Lisa started her daily newspaper career at The Patriot-Ledger in Quincy, Ma., where one of the biggest scandals of the late 1980s was the gold spray-painting by vandals of Plymouth Rock. She grew up in Boston and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
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