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 Facilities and Administrative Services provides personal property management oversight and services for the Office of the Secretary (OS) nationwide. The Administrative Services Division, Property and Mail Management Branch, coordinates personal property activities with OS Offices and their designated contacts to manage accountable and sensitive personal property; acquire and dispose of excess/surplus furniture and equipment; and provide training on personal property process and procedures.
The following are some of the personal property services provided by this office:
Manage OS accountable personal property in the Department's Financial and Business Management System (FBMS)
Issue guidance on personal property accountability. Contact any staff member listed below for hard or electronic copy of latest Property Training Manual.
Establish and maintain client office listings of Accountable and Custodial Property Officers (APO/CPO). (Note: Offices are required to provide the Property Management Branch with their CPO designees within 30 days following a change or replacement)
Conduct training for APO/CPO's
Conduct and maintain personal property inventories
Perform management control reviews for property accountability
Provide excess furniture and/or purchase of new/used furniture thru GSA surplus
Disposal of surplus furniture
Recycle computers and other equipment (Note: Before disposal of computer equipment, all hard drives are to be completely erased and sanitized of official government records. For questions on erasing hard drives, contact your IT Service provider)
Lost or Stolen IT Equipment: - Immediately report all incidents involving the potential loss or theft of computers (e.g., desktops, laptops, servers), tablets, or mobile devices to the DOI Computer Incident Response Center (DOICIRC) and, follow other appropriate processes and procedures established such as reporting the incident to your supervisor and the OFAS property office.