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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is working through the Federal CIO Council to disseminate guidance to Federal agencies on GPEA policies, best practices, and reporting requirements. The DOI CIO has responsibility for providing guidance within Interior regarding GPEA for overseeing implementation of GPEA transactions and for ensuring that resources needed to implement the GPEA requirements are captured in the Department's IT Strategic Plan and in IT capital asset budget plans and justifications. More information about the CIO Council's implementation of GPEA can be found at: http://www.cio.gov/.
Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Title XVII, P.L. 105-277, 10/21/98. GPEA requires Federal agencies, by 10/21/2003, to provide for the option (1) of electronic maintenance, submission or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper, and (2) use and acceptance of electronic signatures, when practicable.
GSA's Access Certificates for Electronic Commerce (ACES) program facilitates secure on-line access to Government information and services by the public through the use of public key infrastructure/digital signature technology. ACES can be of significant benefit in implementing digital signature provisions of GPEA. More information about GSA's ACES program can be found at: https://aces.orc.com.
The General Accounting Office (GA0) issued a report on 9/15/2000, Government Paperwork Elimination Act Presents Challenges for Agencies, GAO/AIMD-00-282. The URL for the report is http://www.gao.gov/new.items/ai00282.pdf.
OMB's guidance, in addition to procedural guidance for GPEA reporting, requires that an agency's GPEA plan relate to strategic IT planning in the budget process. If an agency needs additional resources to implement the plan, its budget request under OMB Circular A-11should reflect that need, and agency Government Performance and Results Act reports should address progress in implementing GPEA and e-government initiatives.