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.
In the OCIO we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits to our employees. The following information provides a brief overview of the salary and benefits offered at DOI and by the Federal Government. For additional information on pay and benefits please refer to your benefits guide or contact OCIO HCO.
Your salary (series, grade, and step) was discussed and you agreed to it upon your acceptance of employment. To view your current salary and other salaries, see the salary table. The salary table shows the General Schedule (GS), Senior Executive Service (SES), and other pay programs available in the Federal Government.
Flexible Spending Account
The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an account where you contribute money from your salary before taxes are withheld. You will then get reimbursed for your out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses. If you are interested in this benefit, you need to enroll within 60 days of your hire date. All employees can enroll, re-enroll, or remove themselves from this benefit during Open Season. Access the FSA site now or contact OCIO HCO.
Transit subsidy is a program offered to DOI employees to subsidize their commuting expenses. A standard monthly allowance is given to employees. The amount is contingent upon how many days you travel to work, where your home is, and the mode of transportation you use to commute to work. Go to the Forms and Training sections to complete the forms and training if you would like to participate.
Employee Express is an online system used by the Federal Government that enables employees to access their payroll information. Employees are able to view their LES statement, update and change direct deposit information and allotments, view/print W-2s, update Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), change their address, and perform many other options. Employee Express will send your username and password to your home address within the first few weeks of your start date at which time you can access the system.
Federal Employee Health Benefits(FEHB)
As a new employee, you are eligible to enroll in our Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. This program includes: health, dental, vision, flexible spending account, life insurance, long term care, and other benefits. You will have 60 days to enroll in the FEHB program. There are a variety of plans that you may choose from that will best fit you and your family’s needs. After the 60-day window has passed, the only other time an employee is able to enroll is during open season or if a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) has occurred. Please visit the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program website for in-depth information on FEHB, QLEs, and your benefits guide or contact the OCIO HCO.