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 a second job? Interested in writing a book, volunteering in the community, or teaching a class? Your agency may require prior approval before engaging in certain outside activities. As a Federal Government employee, you have been placed in a position of trust and are held to a high standard of ethical conduct. READ BELOW...
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A former employee of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), faces a hefty penalty for engaging in a felony conflict of interest. The employee served as an Archives Technician at NARA, a position in which he assisted the public with requests for court documents maintained by NARA. He also owned and operated a company that charged its customers a fee for obtaining court records in addition to the fees charged by NARA. From September 2007 to October 2008, the employee used his official position at NARA to retrieve court documents for his company's customers. He also did not pay NARA the applicable fees associated with the company's customer requests for court records in order to conceal from NARA his affiliation with his company and to increase his company's profits.
The former employee pleaded guilty to receiving payments from his company in connection with the retrieval of court records from NARA using his official position. He admitted such payments were an illegal supplementation of the salary paid by the Government as compensation for his services as a NARA employee. His sentencing is pending, but he faces the possibility of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.