Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
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.Please click here for the presentation.
2016 Drinking Water Quality Testing Results
The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services is pleased to present your 2016 drinking water quality testing results for the Main Interior Building (MIB) and South Interior Building (SIB). On June 7, 2016, 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: