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On Monday, during a mostly monotonous four-hour D.C. Council hearing on the city’s welfare-to-work efforts, a participant in the United Planning Organization’s (UPO) program shared a success story about the job he had found through the UPO at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. At-Large Councilmember David Catania, who chaired the meeting, smiled wide and became giddy as the witness told his tale. When the testimony was finished, Catania couldn’t help but point out that he had orchestrated the agreement signed last year between the District and the Patent and Trademark Office to recruit and hire D.C. welfare recipients. “He’s a good friend of mine,” Catania remarked about former Patent and Trademark Office Director Q. Todd Dickinson. “He was at my beach house last summer.” —Elissa Silverman