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.
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.