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.
Notice to Contractors, Subcontractors, and Lessors
January 11, 2000
Department of the Interior Acquisition Policy Release (DIAPR) 2000-1
Subject:U.S. Department of the Interior Notice to Contractors, Subcontractors, and Lessors
By law, Executive Order, or internal policy, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment, based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. As a means of encouraging non-discrimination by its contractors, subcontractors, and lessors, the U.S. Department of the Interior requires that a notice to prospective contractors, subcontractors, and lessors be posted on certain web sites and included in the transmittal notices, and/or terms and conditions of solicitations, contracts, and leases, as appropriate.
2. Effective Date:
The following policy is effective immediately.
3. Expiration Date:
This policy release will remain in effect until canceled or superseded.
4. Background and Explanation.
The Federal contracting process has long been an instrument for implementing policy initiatives. While discrimination is prohibited by law for some categories of individuals, other categories are protected by Executive Order and policy applicable to the Federal and Departmental civilian workforces only. As a means of encouraging comprehensive non-discrimination policies by its contractors, subcontractors, and lessors, the U.S. Department of the Interior hereby establishes a policy requiring that the following notice to prospective contractors, subcontractors, and lessors be:
A. Posted on all Internet web sites identifying contracting and other business opportunities with the U.S. Department of the Interior and individual bureaus;
B. Included in the transmittal notices or special provisions of solicitations and contracts for non-commercial items/services over $100,000; and
C. Included in leases awarded directly by Interior bureaus and offices:
NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS, AND LESSORS (DEC 1999)
Based upon law, Executive Order, or internal policy, the Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment, based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The Department urges its contractors, subcontractors and lessors to develop and enforce comprehensive anti-discrimination policies for their places of work.
This notice states that Department's non-discrimination policy and encourages the same from its contractors, subcontractors, and lessors. With the exception of categories protected by law, compliance is voluntary and no extraordinary enforcement or protection mechanisms on the part of the Government are implied.
5. Action Required:
(1) Bureau Acquisition Managers will distribute this policy release to all appropriate members of their staffs for immediate implementation; (2) Bureau Acquisition managers will coordinate with their respective Web Site Administrators to ensure that the notice is posted on web sites identifying contracting and other business opportunities; and (3) Bureau IEAS-PD System Administrators will make necessary changes to include the above notice in transmittal, and solicitation/contract provision or clause templates.
Please contact Patricia Corrigan of this office on (202)208-1906 if you have any questions regarding this policy issuance.