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October 31, 2008


"Burden hours" are somewhat broader than "billable hours." The Paperwork Reduction Act 44 U.S.C. § 3502(2), defines the term "burden":

time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, or provide information to or for a Federal agency, including the resources expended for--
(A) reviewing instructions;
(B) acquiring, installing, and utilizing technology and systems;
(C) adjusting the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements;
§ 3502(2)(D) searching data sources;
(E) completing and reviewing the collection of information; and
(F) transmitting, or otherwise disclosing the information;

So lots of non-billable stuff is still paperwork "burden" -
-time for overhead, CLE, etc.
-hours cut because the number is too high
-non-timekeeper staff hours

If you are interested in commenting on the PTO's burden estiamtes for appeals (a Reply Brief takes 5 hours, an oral hearing including prep time and the actual hearing takes 0) please contact me MONDAY, DBoundy [at] Cantor.com

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