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.
Lunch and Learn Presentation on the quality of drinking water was held on October 28, 2015 from 11:00am - 12:00pm in the Kiowa room of the Main Interior Building. The session was coordinated by Saundra Jackson, Industrial Hygienist, OFAS Safety, Health, and Environmental Branch. She can answer your questions at 202-219-0847 or Saundra_Jackson@ios.doi.gov. Please click here for the presentation.
2015 Drinking Water Quality Testing Results
The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services is pleased to present your 2015 drinking water quality testing results for the Main Interior Building (MIB) and South Interior Building (SIB). On May 18, 2015, an independent laboratory, sampled potable water sources testing for lead, copper, total chlorine and total coliforms. Test results from all water samples were negative or well below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits for drinking water quality and no system adjustments are necessary. Additional testing of the drinking water system for the MIB and SIB will continue annually.
The Branch of Building Operations is responsible for the day-to-day operation, maintenance, and care of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building and the South Interior Building (Interior Complex). The standard services that are provided to occupants include:
Daily operation of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on each government workday.
Repair and maintenance of the building equipment and component systems
The costs for these services are included in the rent payments made by each occupant organization. With the exception of the recycling program which was a Department initiative that started in the Interior Complex in 1988, the Branch of Building Operations is responsible for providing the above services as outlined in the Delegation of Authority Agreement between the U.S. Department of the Interior and the General Services Administration.
Building Maintenance and Repairs
Your comfort is important to us. We know you cannot do your best work if you are distracted by environmental conditions in your office. Our policy is to maintain office temperatures between 72° - 74° Fahrenheit. If the conditions in your office are outside these parameters, contact the Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS) service desk on 208-2222 that we may make any needed repairs or adjustments. Our goal is to respond to each request within one business day.
The Branch of Building Operations is responsible for providing a full range of custodial services for the occupants of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building and South Interior Building. The cost for this service is included in the rent paid by your bureau or office.
You may contact us through the administrative contact for your bureau or office, the OFAS service desk on (202) 208-2222, or one of the individuals below: