Big Bucket Scheduling Workshop

We are planning a Big Bucket Scheduling  (see for information about big bucket schedules) workshop that will be presented by records management staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on August 21, 2012.  USPTO staff will provide an overview of their Big Bucket scheduling project that was completed in November 2011.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.  This program will be recorded. More information about the recording (how to review it, etc..) will be posted at a later date. Presenters include Susan Fawcett, USPTO Records Officer, and John Milligan, Neale Faunt, and Earl Ashley, USPTO records management contractors.  Program topics include preparing for a new approach to scheduling, developing a big bucket structure and a database to support it, and schedule implementation.  There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

This event will be held at the National Archives and Records Administration downtown building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Metrorail’s Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station) in the McGowan Theater.  Please enter on the Constitution Avenue side of the building, the “Special Events” entrance (which is actually the exit for the general public).

To reserve a place for this program, please provide your name, telephone number, and agency name via e-mail to, no later than Friday, August 17, 2012. You may reserve places for several staff in the same email, but for security purposes we must have each individual’s name, telephone number, and email address.

Please email Shannon Olsen at, or call 301-817-3486 if you need assistance.

NARA reserves the right to postpone or cancel a meeting at any time.  We will make every effort to contact registrants by e-mail and telephone if that occurs, so complete information at the time of registration is very important.  Meetings WILL BE CANCELED if the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces a “closed,” “unscheduled leave,” “liberal leave,” or “delayed arrival” policy for Federal employees for that day of if there has been an elevation to threat level RED in the Homeland Security status.  Official Government closing and leave information is located on the OPM web site at