Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Applying for your dream job? Is that company affected by your Government work? As a Federal Government employee, you have been placed in a position of trust and are held to a high standard of ethical conduct. For more information on the ethics laws regarding seeking employment, please contact your agency's ethics office. READ BELOW
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An Army Brigadier General participated personally and substantially as an advocate and approval authority in an effort to increase funding on a task order with a Government contractor even while actively seeking employment with that company. His efforts did not rise to the level of "negotiating" employment so he did not violate the criminal prohibition of 18 U.S.C. § 208, but was still in violation of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.604 when he took official action on behalf of a company with which he was seeking employment instead of disqualifying himself from the particular matter. He also extended official travel time and claimed unauthorized travel expenses in order to go to job interviews and participate in other job seeking activities to the point of actually excusing himself from official meetings.
His official participation in a particular matter on behalf of a company with which he was seeking employment violated Federal conflict of interest regulation.