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 Department of the Interior's (DOI) Enterprise Architecture (EA) program fulfills multiple Federal mandates related to planning and managing information technology (IT) investments and ensures the DOI's compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and Federal Transition Framework (FTF), and responds to regular EA maturity assessments performed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and OMB.
The EA program is led by the Performance, Planning, and Architecture Division (PPAD) that reports directly to the Associate Deputy Chief Information Officer (ADCIO) for Service Planning and Management (SPM) within the Office of the Secretary (OS). The DOI EA program provides strategic planning, business analysis, and decision support services. Through these services, the program helps DOI plan and implement business and information technology (IT) solutions and guide its IT investment portfolio.
The DOI EA program provides information and capabilities that support numerous DOI programs, with current and planned uses for the DOI EA including:
Supporting strategic planning and alignment of business and IRM goals and objectives
Maintaining baseline and target architecture information in a centralized repository
Ensuring IT projects align with the Enterprise Architecture
Defining a performance management framework for measuring success of initiatives
Supporting Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) processes and activities
Supporting investment technical review and approval
Identifying technical and process improvement opportunities
Supporting Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) processes
Supporting information security management processes
Identifying opportunities for collaboration, reuse, data sharing and consolidation
Documenting enterprise service capabilities available for use across the Department
Defining, publishing, and enforcing compliance with architectural standards
Ensuring alignment with relevant cross-agency and government-wide initiatives
Developing and instituting governance structures & processes
Collaborating with business and management functions across DOI to develop:
The DOI EA program engages with business leaders to develop value-added plans for improving mission delivery. These plans are developed through processes derived from the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM) along with the guidance contained in the Common Approach for Federal Enterprise Architecture. To date, DOI has developed the following modernization blueprints:
Human Resources Management
Management Planning and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
The DOI EA program collaborates with Capital Planning Investment Control representatives in the development of segment roadmaps. The segment roadmaps enable previously developed blueprints and are living documents that identify and monitor projects across a 5 year time frame. DOI is currently developing the following segment roadmaps: