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.
From: Debra E. Sonderman, Director/s/ E. Melodee Stith for
Office of Acquisition and Property Management
Subject: Changes to the Integrated Charge Card Program
The purpose of this message is to announce:(1) an extension to the time allowed for cardholder and approving officials to review and sign cardholder's statement of account; and (2) the increase to the micro-purchase threshold.These changes are effectiveOctober 20, 2006.
The time allowed by this extension for the review of cardholder statements is being increased to 30 calendar days from the date of the cardholder statement of account.This timeframe was increased in order to allow cardholders and approving officials adequate time to complete their review.This review is for all cardholder activity which includes the purchase, travel, fleet and corporate business lines.To demonstrate this review and approval, cardholders and approving officials must sign and date each cardholder statement in the designated certification block on the monthly statement.As you are aware, approving officials are the cardholder's supervisor and this duty may not be redelegated.See DOI Integrated Charge Card Guide, Sections 2.9.3 and 3.11.2.
A recent revision to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Section 2.101 increased the micro-purchase threshold from $2,500 to $3,000.Accordingly, the single purchase limit transaction threshold was increased from $2,500 to $3,000 also. This increased threshold applies to the purchase of all supplies but does not extend to the following:
Acquisitions of construction services subject to the Davis-Bacon Act threshold of $2,000;
Acquisitions of services subject to the Service Contract Act threshold of $2,500;
Cardholders that currently have been delegated single purchase limits less than $2,500.
The charge card is an essential tool to achieve Interior's program missions.Approving officials are relied upon heavily to ensure proper use of the card and maintain a program with utmost integrity.
If you have any questions regarding these changes please contact your Agency/Organization Program Coordinator (A/OPC) or Cynthia Martin, DOI Integrated Charge Card Program Manager on 202 606-3144.