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.
Teresa R. Hunter is currently serving at the Department of Interior as the Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Management. Previously, Teresa served as the Assistant Director in the Risk Management and Assurance Division at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Internal Control Manager in the Office of Financial Policy and Operations at General Services Administration (GSA) from January 2010 to November 2013. Teresa’s major accomplishments include:
Assisting with the implementation of OMB Circular A-123 at DHS and GSA.
Receiving an award of excellence for her major roll in DHS earning a qualified opinion on its first full-scope financial statement audit.
Developing a multi-year plan to achieve an unqualified opinion on DHS’ internal control over financial reporting (ICOFR).
Providing a qualified opinion on the Secretary’s Statement of Assurance – a major milestone in DHS’ ongoing quest to obtain an unqualified (clean) opinion on ICOFR.
Establishing an effective internal control assessment process in which the independent auditors of DHS’ financial statements were able to use the work of management for the audit, resulting in cost savings and increased efficiencies.
Teresa is a graduate of James Madison University with a BBA in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has six years of public sector financial management experience at KPMG LLP. Teresa participated primarily on large and complex Federal Government audit engagements performed in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget requirements, including the Chief Financial Officers Act. Teresa served as the manager on the financial statement audits of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Defense Commissary Agency.