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.
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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.