Every pay period, people who telecommute more than 50 miles from their home agency have to come into the office JUST TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE. While they are travelling to the office, these employees are not working. This wastes millions in lost productivity for the USPTO alone. Government wide, the amount of waste is staggering.
This does not include the waste of money to the employee or the horrendous amounts of energy used. THis requirement is absolute waste and could be easily remedied since Congress has authorized agencies to adopt more liberal telecommuting policies.