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.
allows employees to immediately use accumulated travel bonus points and benefits for personal travel. Authority to use benefits obtained as a result of official travel for personal use is contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002.
GSA will issue an amendment to the Federal Travel Regulation, 41 CFR 301, and other controlling regulations in the near future. Additional guidance will also be issued on the taxability of these benefits when used by an employee for personal travel.
Please direct any questions you may have on this subject to Mr. Lesley Oden on (202) 208-6225.
Prior Financial Administration
Memoranda on this Subject:
No. 84-162 (II.G.1.), November 19, 1984 - Canceled
No. 88-018 (II.G.1.), March 02, 1988 - Canceled
No. 90-072 (II.G.1.), September 6, 1990 - Canceled
No. 92-071 (II.G.1.), December 1, 1992 - Canceled
No. 96-019 (II.G.1.), May 29, 1996 - Canceled
No. 96-028 (II.G.1.), July 10, 1996 - Canceled
No. 96-049 (II.G.1.), November 5, 1996 - Canceled
No. 97-004 (II.G.1.), February 3,1997 - Canceled
No. 97-019 (II.G.1.), April 22, 1997 - Canceled
No. 98-009 (II.G.1.), June 11, 1998 - Canceled
No. 99-004 (II.G.1.), January 25, 1999, 1990 - Canceled
No. 99-031 (II.G.1.), July 21, 1999 - Canceled
No. 2000-17 (II.G.1.), May 31, 2000 - Canceled
No. 2001-02 (II.G.1.), January 23, 2001 - Canceled