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.
Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management
From: Theodore Woronka /s/
Deputy Director, Office of Financial Management
Subject: Travel and Transportation Act - Revised Procedures
As you may recall, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued Interim Rule 8 on July 16, 1999, to provide implementing regulations for certain sections of the Travel and Transportation Act of 1998 (PL 105-264). Additional refinements to GSA's regulations were issued on January 19, 2000 and April 21, 2000 in the Federal Register.
The purpose of this FAM is to revise the procedures issued under FAM 2000-011 to adjust for the regulation changes pertaining to employee relocation travel, and the procedures for aging travel vouchers to determine if payments are made late. In summary, the changes stipulate:
Only en route and house hunting trips are subject to late payment penalties and to be eligible must be submitted on separate vouchers. (If a voucher for relocation expenses includes en route and house hunting trips it does not need to be returned as an improper voucher.)
The aging process for late payment penalties begins upon receipt of the voucher in the designated approving official's office. If the receipt date is not annotated, then a constructive receipt date of five calendar days after the voucher was signed by the traveler will apply.
Vouchers submitted electronically to the designated approving official will be the date considered received unless submitted after normal working hours -- in such cases the next business day will apply.
Until May 1, 2002, improper vouchers are to be returned to the traveler as soon as possible. On May 1, 2002, a voucher deemed improper must be returned to the traveler within seven working days.
For your information and action attached are the revised procedures, a copy of the Department's policy memorandum regarding Mandatory Use of the Government-Issued Charge Card for Travel issued by the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget on March 29, 2000, and a copy of the April 21, 2000, Federal Register announcement.
The revised procedures are to be implemented immediately. Should you have any questions or require additional information on this subject, please contact Bill Webber on (202) 208-5684.
Prior Financial Administration Memorandums on this subject: