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 Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326, restricts Federal employee involvement in partisan political activity. Partisan political activity is any activity directed toward the success or failure of a partisan candidate, political party, or partisan political group. Violation of the Hatch Act may result in disciplinary action, to include removal from Federal employment. Employees should consult with the Departmental Ethics Office before engaging in any partisan political activity.
There are three different classes of employees under the Hatch Act:
Career SES, Administrative Law Judges (ALJ), Administrative Appeals Judges (AAJ), Contract Appeals Board Members (CABM), and employees of certain intelligence or enforcement agencies or officies (except PAS) are the most restricted group..
GS, WG, noncareer SES, Schedule C, SL, and ST employees are in the lesser restricted group. This group may participate in certain partisan political activity but only in a purely personal (not official) capacity.
Presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed personnel (PAS) are subject to special Hatch Act rules. They are less constrained in terms of where and when they can engage in political activity because of their 24-hour duty status. They too, however, may only participate in partisan political activity in a purely personal (not official) capacity.
Hatch Act Rules
No Use of Official Authority
A Federal employee may NOT use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:
Using his or her official title while participating in political activity
Using his or her authority to coerce any person to participate in political activity
Soliciting, accepting, or receiving uncompensated individual volunteer services from a subordinate for any political purpose
An employee who signs a letter seeking uncompensated volunteer services from individuals may not identify himself or herself by using his or her official title. However, the employee may use a general form of address, such as "The Honorable."
An employee may not ask his or her subordinate employees to provide uncompensated individual volunteer services for a political party, partisan political group, or candidate for partisan political office. Moreover, he or she may not accept or receive such services from a subordinate employee who offers to donate them.
A Federal employee may NOT solicit, accept, or receive political contributions.
Asking for donations, e.g., by mail, email, or social media
Working a phone bank (if asking for contributions)
Hosting a fundraiser
Inviting others to a fundraiser
Sharing or liking fundraising posts on social media
No Partisan Political Activity at Work*
A Federal employee may NOT engage in partisan political activity while:
On duty (including when telecommuting or on official time for union duties)
In a Government room or building (including break rooms, conference rooms, and union offices, if inside a Federal building) or any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties
Emailing, blogging, tweeting, posting to social media
Even if using a personal device or email account
Even if sharing or forwarding content authored by others
Even if sharing or forwarding to friends or like-minded coworkers
Even union email if it meets the definition of partisan political activity
*This prohibition does not apply to PAS officials. However, a PAS official may not conduct any of these activities while acting in an official capacity. For example, a PAS official may not wear a political button or display a screen saver, poster, or candidate photograph in his or her office while actually performing the duties of his or her office. PAS officials should contact the Departmental Ethics Office before engaging in any partisan political activity.
Use of Privately Owned Vehicles
You may display a partisan political bumper sticker on your privately owned vehicle and park it in a Federal parking lot. Up to two partisan political bumper stickers (for example, one for candidate A in a Presidential race and one for candidate B in a congressional race) would not violate the Hatch Act. Employees must be cautioned, though, against displaying other partisan political materials, or even bumper stickers, in such a way that makes the vehicle appear to be a campaign mobile. If you use your private vehicle for official purposes, you must cover the bumper sticker(s) while the vehicle is being used for official duties.
Candidacy for Public Office
The Hatch Act and other Government policies may restrict an employee's ability to run for public office. If you are considering running for public office, contact the Departmental Ethics Office and your Bureau Ethics Office for guidance.