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.
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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.
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Requesting an IIM account update or disbursement
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General Information about TBCC
The Trust Beneficiary Call Center (TBCC) is a nationwide, toll free call center that enables beneficiaries to conveniently access information regarding their trust assets (i.e., ownership, lease activity), check the status of a trust service, or request a disbursement from, or an update to, their Individual Indian Monies (IIM) Account. The TBCC also responds to written beneficiary requests received in the mail, as well as beneficiaries who come in to the OST facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. FTOs and the TBCC are key components of Field Operations' ability to provide efficient delivery of services to trust beneficiaries.
In the news: TBCC Honored with Interior's First Customer Service Award
"The TBCC was implemented in 2004 to provide beneficiaries with an easily accessible point of contact for answering questions about their trust assets and handling requests for account updates and disbursements. Since implementation, the TBCC has responded to and documented over 2 million calls from Indian trust beneficiaries, with an overall First Line Resolution (FLR) rate of 97%. Over the past three years, the TBCC has responded to an average of 184,000 beneficiary contacts per year.
"The TBCC responds to between 3,000 to 4,000 beneficiary requested account updates per month.
"During FY14, the TBCC responded to an unprecedented 219,309 beneficiary inquiries with a First Line Resolution rate of 98%, which includes inquiries regarding the historic Cobell Settement and the Department's Land Buy Back Program. On May 17th, 2012, the TBCC responded to the one millionth beneficiary call. The high FLR maintained by the TBCC over the past 10 years is an important indicator of the quality of customer service provided by the TBCC, thus the beneficiary did not have to wait for a response or be referred to another office. The high FLR of the TBCC enables this call center to play a unique and integral role in OST Field Operations' objective of providing responsive, accurate and timely beneficiary services and to be the premier public service organization dedicated to the Indian Fiduciary Trust.
"In addition the TBCC is the primary point of contact for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribalm Nations efforts to restore small, undivided interests in lands that cannot be utilized due to their highly fractionated state. The TBCC assists beneficiaries by identifying Willing Sellers, providing assistance completing offer packages, answering questions on the acquisition process, and providing status of their sale. The TBCC has handled an average of 1,792 calls per week and to date, a total of more than 50,000 Buy-Back related inquiries.".