Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
The Foundation For Ethical Behavior Executive Order 12674
Thomas Jefferson enunciated the basic principle of public service. "When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." This sentiment has been expressed by numerous others, over time becoming the familiar principle "Public service is public trust."
To ensure public confidence in the integrity of the Federal Government, Executive Order 12674 (as amended) forms the framework for the ethical behavior required and expected of all Federal employees. As a condition of public service, you are expected to adhere to these fundamental principles of ethical behavior:
Public service is a public trust, requiring you to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principles above private gain.
You shall not hold financial interests that conflict with the conscientious performance of duty.
You shall not engage in financial transactions using non-public Government information or allow improper use of such information to further any private interest.
You shall not, except pursuant to such reasonable exceptions as are provided by regulation, solicit or accept any gift or other item of monetary value from any person or entity seeking official action from, doing business with, or conducting activities regulated by your agency, or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of your duties.
You shall make no unauthorized commitments or promises of any kind purported to bind the Government.
You shall put forth an honest effort in the performance of your duties.
You shall not engage in outside employment or activities, including seeking or negotiating for employment, that conflict with your official Government duties and responsibilities.
You shall disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.
You shall satisfy in good faith your obligations as citizens, including all just financial obligations, especially those such as Federal, state, or local taxes that are imposed by law.
You shall adhere to all laws and regulations that provide equal opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
You shall not use your public office for private gain.
You shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual.
You shall protect and conserve Federal Property and shall not use it for other than authorized activity.
A collection of statutes, executive order, and regulations underscore the notion that public service is a public trust. The criminal bribery and conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C.§§ 201 and 202-209, respectively) are the core of the Federal ethics program. These statutes are implemented, in large part, by the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (Standards), 5 C.F.R. part 2635, and the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of the Interior (DOI Supplemental Standards), 5 C.F.R part 3501.
Violations of ethics laws are subject to criminal or civil action by the Department of Justice. Violations of the Standards or DOI Supplemental Standards may result in disciplinary or adverse action. Accordingly, employees are strongly encouraged to consult with an ethics counselor before embarking on an activity if they have any question about the ethical propriety of that action.