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.
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 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.
Contact: DOI CIRC (703) 648-5655;
Do not place surplus furniture or equipment in the hallways
Disposal of surplus furniture and equipment must be coordinated through Administrative Contacts
Disposal of large volume of surplus furniture and equipment may require contract labor support (see moving services page on contract request and job assessment)
Provide 2 business days notice to schedule removal of surplus furniture and equipment
Clearly label furniture and equipment as surplus
Contact this office to arrange for proper disposal of refrigerators and microwaves
If you need assistance, please contact the OFAS Service Desk at (202) 208-2222 or one of the individuals below.