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 eOPF is an electronic version of the paper Official Personnel Folder (OPF) and a system for accessing the electronic folder online. The eOPF system combines document management with workflow capabilities. The eOPF allows each employee to have an electronic personnel folder instead of a paper folder. Access your eOPF at https://eopf.nbc.gov/doi/.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP is a free of charge service provided through EAP Consultants Inc. contracted by DOI to provide employees with comprehensive EAP services. EAP offers assessment, short-term counseling, and referral services for a wide range of personal problems, as well as a variety work/life issues and these include:
The department provides temporary parking passes to DOI employees upon request through the Interior Business Center (IBC) Parking Office. Temporary passes are issued for parking spaces at the South Interior Building (SIB) lot and the Main Interior Building (MIB) and Federal Reserve Building (FRB) parking garages. Temporary passes for parking spaces in the MIB garage are assigned to DOI Key Officials only.
DOI employees only have access to free and open parking at the SIB parking lot after 3:30p until 10:00p during the weekdays (Mon. thru Fri.) and all day on the weekends (Sat. and Sun.) until 10pm. A temporary pass is not required to park during this time but employees must display their badge to the Security Guard to park on the lot.
The following are the weekday closures for the secured parking locations at the Interior Complex:
A/B ramp Main Interior Building
Closes at 8:00 pm
C/G ramp Main Interior Building
Closes at 8:00 pm
D Ramp – Main Interior Building
Closes at 6:30 pm
South Interior Building Constitution Ave entrance
Open from 8a – 4p
South Interior Building
Closes at 10pm – 7 Days a Week
For additional information on temporary parking passes and how to obtain a pass from the OCIO, review the "Temporary Parking" section of the OCIO Employee Guide above.
Take advantage of an opportunity to work at the Interior Complex (Main and South Interior Buildings) where services such as a state-of –the-art fitness center provided by the Interior Department Recreation Association (IDRA) as well as a Hair Salon, Barbershop, Dry Cleaners, IDRA Store, and a Post Office located on the Basement level of the MIB. For additional information on all of DOI's onsite amenities to include DOI's Childcare Center please click on the "Resources" section and review the OCIO Employee Guide above. For additional information about the IDRA and all of the services and special discounts and offers made available to DOI employees visit the website at http://www.interiorrec.org/.
Employee Emergency Information
The safety and wellbeing of DOI employees is first priority. In the event of an emergency at the MIB, you will be notified by alarm bells, voice annunciated messages over the public announcement system, strobe lights and vibrating pagers (for hearing impaired individuals) to immediately evacuate the building. For additional information visit the Employee Emergency Information site http://www.doi.gov/emergency/employeeemergency.