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.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of the Secretary Washington, D.C. 20240
Nov 4 2003
TO: Assistant Directors for Administration
FROM: Debra E. Sonderman /s/ Office of Acquisition and Property Management and Senior Procurement Executive
R. Schuyler Lesher, Director Office of Financial Management
SUBJECT: FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION: CENTRAL CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION (CCR)
The attached policy and related Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) CCR guidance, solicitation provisions and contract clauses supersede the October 7, 2002 interim Departmental CCR policy issued jointly by our offices. Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 budget guidance issued by the Director, Office of Management and Budget on June 19, 2001, directed that in FY 2003 Federal agencies were to use the CCR, an existing on-line database (www.sam.gov), as the single validated source on vendors doing business with the Government. Further, prospective vendors would be required to register in CCR prior to the award of Federal contracts to them.
In anticipation of the development and issuance of Governmentwide CCR regulations by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council at a later date, Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus and offices were notified of the requirements and provided with interim Departmental policy regarding CCR registration and the need for vendor outreach in October 2002. In December 2002, DOI issued a Departmentwide FedBizOpps Special Notice for all existing and prospective DOI contractors informing them of the CCR registration requirement. In addition, throughout FY 2003, bureau and office contracting activities implemented the interim DOl policy and advised vendors of the CCR registration requirement through a variety of media, e.g., web site postings and links, fliers, notices in synopses, solicitations and contracts, through outreach at trade fairs, and in Business and Economic Development counseling sessions with small businesses.
On October 1, 2003, the FAR final rule on CCR was published in the Federal Register. The final rule applies to contracts (including purchase orders), basic agreements, basic ordering agreements, blanket purchase agreements, or modifications awarded on or after October 1, 2003. Existing contracts, basic agreements, basic ordering agreements, or blanket purchase agreements with a period of performance beyond December 31, 2003 are also covered under the final rule and must be modified to include the requirement that vendors be registered in the CCR database by December 31, 2003. Existing contractors whose contractual documents are modified to include CCR registration must maintain registration until final payment.
The attached policy provides general and transaction specific summaries of actions required to implement the FAR's CCR requirements and a copy of the FAR final rule on CCR as published in the Federal Register.
If you have any questions regarding this policy release, please contact Office of Acquisition and Property Management staff members John K. Peterson on 202-208-7469 or Patricia Corrigan on 202-208-1906.