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.
The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS), Administrative Services Division, provides fleet management services for the Office of the Secretary. Employees of those offices can arrange for the temporary use of government vehicles (one small sedan, passenger van and cargo van) by contacting the Fleet Management Office. Requests for temporary use must include date, type of vehicle, destination, contact name, telephone number and office. Vehicles are provided on a first come, first serve basis and employees are encouraged to utilize public transportation first.
Fleet Vehicle Use Requirements
U.S. Government vehicles are to be used for official Government business only.
Transporting passengers other than those who are officially authorized is strictly prohibited.
All Government vehicles must be parked in their designated parking spaces while not in use.
All Government vehicle operators are required to have a valid driver's license.
Every time a government vehicle is used, a complete entry must be made into the log book located in the vehicle.
Government vehicle credit cards are assigned to each vehicle and are identified by the corresponding vehicle license tag number. Government credit cards are to be used for fuel only and receipts are to be kept in the vehicle logbook. Drivers are required to re-fuel the vehicles.
Accidents or any auto body damage to the Government vehicles must be reported immediately to the Fleet Management Office and local police as appropriate.
Traffic citations are the sole financial responsibility of the vehicle operator.
Seatbelts are to be worn at all times.
No cell phone usage permitted while operating a motor vehicle.
Be sure to remove all trash and belongings.
Hours of Operation
7:00 am to 4:30 pm Government Workdays
To be sure your needs are met, reserve vehicles in advance.
If you need assistance, you may contact the OFAS service desk on (202) 208-2222, or one of the individuals below: