A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Inherently governmental function, as defined in section 5 of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act, Public Law 105-270, means a function that is so intimately related to the public interest as to require performance by Federal Government employees.
Closely Associated to an Inherently Governmental Function: A function that does not fall under the definition of inherently governmental, but the approaches being in that category because of the nature of the function and the risk that performance may impinge on Federal officials' performance of an inherently governmental function Agencies must give special consideration to using Federal employees to perform these functions.
Critical Function: A function that is "necessary to the agency being able to effectively perform and maintain control of its mission and operations."
Reason Codes: There are currently five allowable reason codes:
The commercial activity is not appropriate for private sector performance pursuant to a written determination.
The commercial activity is suitable for a streamlined or standard competition.
The commercial activity is pending an agency approved restructuring decision (e.g., closure, realignment).
The commercial activity is performed by government personnel due to a statutory prohibition against private sector performance.