Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Interior Department Receives Honors for Financial Reporting
Office of the Secretary Policy Management and Budget
WASHINGTON -- The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) recently awarded the Department of the Interior their Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting, the group's highest form of recognition in Federal government management reporting. This follows on the Interior Department receiving, for the 14th consecutive year, a favorable audit opinion from KPMG LLP (KPMG), an independent certified public accounting firm and the Department's external auditor.
“One of Secretary Salazar's top goals is sound financial management, so this is a proud moment for the Department,” said Interior Assistant Secretary Rhea Suh, who also serves as Interior's Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “Not only have we been reviewed very favorably by our external auditor, we now have an independent agency reaffirming, for the eleventh year in a row, our commitment to financial reporting excellence and our high standards of accountability, transparency, and ethics.”
Of particular interest to the AGA was Interior's comprehensive, yet concise, high-level discussion of key performance measures, goals, results, reasons for shortfalls and costs. Also noteworthy was the high level of cooperation among the Department, its external auditor KPMG, and all the bureaus within the Department, including the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Departmental Offices. By consolidating the audit at the Department level, Interior reduces costs and achieves improved integration.
The Interior Department manages the Nation's public lands and minerals including providing access to public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf for renewable and conventional energy; is the steward of 20 percent of the Nation's lands including national parks and national wildlife refuges; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western States and a supplier of hydropower energy; and upholds Federal trust responsibilities to American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. It is also responsible for migratory wildlife conservation, historic preservation, endangered species conservation; mapping, geological, hydrological and biological science for the nation; and financial and technical assistance for the insular areas.