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.
After you leave Federal service, 18 U.S.C. § 207 imposes certain post-Government employment restrictions that may limit the type of work you may perform for your new employer for certain periods of time. (See 5 C.F.R. § 2641.) The Procurement Integrity Act (see 41 U.S.C. § 2104 and 48 C.F.R. §§ 3-104.1 through .09) imposes additional restrictions for certain employees who participated in costly procurement work. Former employees who are carrying out official duties as an employee or as an elected or appointed official of a tribal organization or intertribal consortium are not subject to 18 U.S.C. § 207 restrictions if they advise the Government in writing of any personal and substantial involvement they had as a Government employee in connection with the matter. (See 25 U.S.C. § 450i(j).)
Lifetime Restriction [18 U.S.C. § 207(a)(1)]
If you participated personally and substantially in any particular matter (grants, contracts, licenses, permits, applications, litigation, etc.), involving specific parties, you may never communicate with the intent to influence on behalf of any non-Federal entity, to any Federal department, agency, or court regarding that same particular matter.
Two-Year Restriction [18 U.S.C. § 207(a)(2)]
For matters under your official responsibility during your last year of Government service, you are restricted for two years after you leave Government service from representing any non-Federal entity to any Federal department, agency, or court regarding those matters.
One-Year Restriction on Aiding and Advising [18 U.S.C. § 207(b)]
For one year after Government service terminates, you may not aid or advise any non-Federal entity (other than the United States) concerning any ongoing trade or treaty negotiation in which you participated personally and substantially during your last year of Government service.
ADDITIONAL LAWS THAT APPLY TO FORMER SENIOR EMPLOYEES (Level II through V of the Executive Schedule and those paid equal to or greater than 86.5% of the rate for level II of the Executive Schedule) AND FORMER VERY SENIOR EMPLOYEES (Level I of the Executive Schedule)
One-Year Restriction on Communication with One's Former Agency - 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) - For one year after leaving senior service, no former senior employee may make, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before the Department or agency in which he or she served in the one year period prior to termination from senior service. Consult your ethics counselor for certain limited exceptions to this prohibition. The statutory threshold of $156,997.50 for purposes of determining which employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions in 18 U.S.C. §207(c) is unaffected by the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
One-Year Restriction Relating to Foreign Entities - 18 U.S.C. § 207(f) - For one year after leaving Government service, a former senior employee may not knowingly aid, advise, or represent a foreign entity, with the intent to influence the official action of any employee of any U.S. agency or department.
Two-Year Restriction for Very Senior Employees - 18 U.S.C. § 207(d) - For two years after service in a very senior position, former Executive Schedule Level I employees and certain very senior employees in the Executive Office of the President are prohibited from making, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before: (1) any individual appointed to an Executive Level position; or (2) any employee of a Department or agency in which the former very senior employee served during his or her last year of Government service.