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.
The Interior Business Center is a federal shared services provider that offers business solutions to create efficiencies and economies of scale for the Department of the Interior as well as other federal agencies.
Having earned the distinction of becoming one of the few Office of Management and Budget designated shared service providers in the federal government, IBC is committed to providing leading edge efficient and cost-effective business services to our customers.
Utilizing a shared services provider allows an organization focus solely on their core mission while delegating administrative functions to a separate entity.
At the Interior Business Center, we capitalize on the economy of skill provided by a dedicated workforce of professionals spanning three main lines of business to provide your organization with accurate, courteous and timely service. Coupled with the economy of scale gained by providing expert services to several federal agencies, IBC allows you to maximize cost efficiency and staff utilization.
We use the interagency agreement vehicle, which simplifies the procurement processes for most federal agencies. Our main statutory authority for providing cross agency support is through the Department of the Interior's working capital fund, which was established pursuant to 43 USC 1467 (amended). Acquisition services are also provided through the Interior Franchise Fund pursuant to Pub. L. No. 104-208, div. A, tit. I, § 101(d).
The alphabetical list below displays links to detailed information about the systems and services we offer to the Department of the Interior and other federal Agencies.