Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
Interior Launches Major Upgrade to Financial and Property Management Systems
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USGS Latest Interior Bureau to Benefit from Good Government Initiative
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of the Interior (DOI) today unveiled the latest upgrade to the Financial and Business Management System (FBMS) and in doing so improved the U.S. Geological Survey's capabilities by replacing the outdated, legacy core financial and property system the Survey previously used. The upgrade provides additional, integrated functionality across several related fields, including acquisition, financial assistance, fleet management, and personal property applications.
“Modernizing our financial and business management system will improve efficiency, lower costs, and make government work better and smarter,” said Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget Rhea Suh. “I'm extremely proud of the professionalism and dedication the Interior team that has helped us reach this milestone and that is powering our good government agenda.”
Today's upgrade also provides new capabilities to the Interior bureaus currently using FBMS -- the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Office of Surface Mining – all of which will now be able to use the improved FBMS for their real property inventory, management, and reporting.
With today's upgrades, and the addition of the Geological Survey, there are nearly 4,200 FBMS users within Interior. The Survey is the fourth bureau to implement FBMS, making the system operational in over 40 percent of the Department.
FBMS is a component of the Department's Good Government strategy, and enhances managers' ability to more rapidly access information and reporting capabilities, reduce duplicative data entry, and include end-to-end transaction processing. The FBMS system is also helping the Department improve financial accountability and transparency by standardizing business processes, strengthening internal controls, and supporting consistent reporting.
Interior is working in partnership with IBM Global Business Services to implement the SAP® Corporation's Enterprise Resource Planning System software and Compusearch Incorporated's PRISM acquisition and grants software.