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.
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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.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Agency Financial Report provides important financial and performance information for the Department of the Interior (DOI). It is DOI's principal publication to Congress and the American people on the stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds and resources entrusted to us. For the seventeenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. In addition, DOI successfully addressed all prior year significant deficiencies. Unfortunately, two new significant deficiencies arose, one of which is material, but we are confident they can both be addressed in FY 2014.
FY 2013 Department of the Interior Data Maps
We believe a change in the reporting landscape is needed to feed today's media driven and information hungry society. Using ingenuity, focused analysis, and interactive data visualizations, DOI is moving reporting beyond the traditional financial statement model with a U.S. data map (www.doi.gov/pfm/afr/2013/maps) where visitors can customize their user experience by selecting several data sources to display the data that is most important to them rather than combing through a table of figures. Visitors can see the "who, what, and where" of DOI's $19 billion expenditures in FY 2013. In addition, it is our hope that increasing our financial data to public exposure with visualization tools (like the map) will add value by promoting transparency, increasing financial accountability and communicating information in a useful, relevant, and easily digestible manner. The DOI recognizes it is just scratching the surface of reporting possibilities and will continue to pioneer innovation in future financial reporting.
Please click the map below for the FY 2013 DOI Data Maps.