November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Access Center - DOI's Access Center supports employees with disabilities by determining the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomic solutions they need to gain equal access to information technology.
BisonConnect - BisonConnect serves as the email system for DOI employees. Employees can also access it by clicking on the BisonConnect icon on their desktop. Related: Tips and Tricks; Support.
DOI University - DOI University delivers training to employees and others at three main locations and offers a catalog of courses on its website. DOI employees must register for DOIU courses on DOILearn.
Employee Assistance Program - DOI's Employee Assistance Program offers professional, confidential counseling and consultation to help employees resolve work/life issues. Employees can access EAP at all times at (800) 869-0276. Related: DOI Human Resources.
Employee Express - Employee Express makes it possible for employees to view and update their payroll information, including address, tax withholdings, health coverage, direct deposit, financial allotments, Leave and Earnings Statement, Thrift Savings Plan, and more.
Employee Locator - (Access via BisonConnect) DOI employees can locate other employees via email by clicking on the dropdown arrow to the right of Mail and selecting Contacts. Related: /public/contact-us
Integrated Charge Card Program - This Office of Acquisition and Property management site provides links to training and guides related to DOI's Integrated Charge Card Program for travel, purchases, and fleet.
Jobs - This DOI site includes information on the primary occupations within DOI, employee benefits, veterans-employment programs and student-employment opportunities. Related: USA Jobs.
Museum - This site features information about Museum tours, collections and events highlighting DOI's mission, history, art and more.
Payroll Schedule - This Interior Business Center page features downloadable payroll schedules from 2006 to 2025.
QuickTime (Time and Attendance) - This Interior Business Center site features information on QuickTime, the web-based system that DOI employees must use to submit their time and attendance. Remote Access: DOI Apps Store.
SafetyNet - DOI's Safety and Health Information Network, or SafetyNet, provides an online, shared, safety and occupational health resource bank for all DOI bureaus and offices.
Security - To contact DOI's Security Operations Office at Main Interior, call (202) 208-5803.
Telework - This site contains fact sheets, forms, training, and contact information for DOI's Telework program.
Thrift Savings Plan - The Thrift Savings Plan or TSP is a defined contribution retirement savings plan for federal employees. This site offers secure access to account information, planning tips and more.
Transportation Subsidy - This site contains fact sheets, forms, training, and contacts for DOI's Transportation Subsidy Benefit program for employees.
Travel - This Office of Financial Management site provides DOI employees with guidance on government travel. Key links:
Virtual Private Network or VPN (Remote Access) - Pulse Secure (This link only works within the Interior network, or if you're already on the VPN) provides employees with secure, remote access to the DOI network.