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.
The requirements for SAM (System of Award Management) registration have changed. You are only required to register in SAM if you enter into a contractual agreement with the Federal Government. PILT payment recipients (vendors) are NOT REQUIRED to register in SAM even though electronic payment is the most cost-effective, convenient method of payment.
If you are registered in SAM and have no updates to your banking information, you do not need to do anything else to receive your 2013 PILT payment.
If you are registered in SAM and have updates to your banking information, you need to visit the SAM website at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM to make changes and it will interface to our financial system so that you can receive your 2013 PILT payment.
If you are not registered in SAM to receive electronic payments and you receive a check each year, we encourage you to register in SAM. If you wish to continue receiving a check, and your banking information has changed, you can fill out and submit a vendor update form to OSPayments_IBCDENVER@ibc.doi.gov with “Vendor Update” in the subject line. This form can be obtained from Debbie Sanrah or Lisa Gonzales at the addresses at the bottom of this update. If you wish to continue receiving a check, and your banking information is the same, you do not need to do anything else to receive your 2013 PILT payment.
If you are a new vendor (county, town, or other unit of local government), you can register in SAM or fill out and submit a vendor update form to OSPayments_IBCDENVER@ibc.doi.gov with “Vendor Update” in the subject line. This form can be obtained from Debbie Sanrah or Lisa Gonzales at the addresses at the bottom of this update.
Should you have any questions or you need to request a form, please contact Lisa Gonzales at (303) 969-5142 and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any general questions on the PILT program, please contact Ryan D. Brown at 202-208-3078 and email@example.com.
FY 2012 Updates
In July 2012, SAM will be the primary supplier database for the U.S. Federal government. SAM collects data from suppliers, validates and stores this data, and disseminates it to various government acquisition agencies. Due to the conversion to a new Financial System (FBMS), the mandates require a valid registration in SAM.
The banking information and mailing address contained in SAM now interfaces with the Financial System from which PILT payments are issued. It is mandatory that all payment recipients (ACH or Check) register in SAM. When your county is registered with SAM, you must be sure that your banking information in SAM is current for ACH payments and the mailing address in SAM is correct if a check payment is received. If the information is not current it must be updated immediately.
In the past you have been instructed to contact NBC Denver to make banking information changes. However, since SAM now interfaces nightly with our payment system any manual banking changes that we make to our system for SAM registered counties will be overridden to match the information in SAM. When your county is registered with SAM, it is imperative that you update your banking information and your mailing address in SAM even if you have submitted changes to Denver. After this transition, PILT ACH or Check payments will be issued exclusively from the information that resides in SAM.
At this time we are requesting that you complete the SAM registration to include your DUNS (Duns and Bradstreet) number in order to continue to receive disbursements from the respective offices within the Department of the Interior.
If you have questions concerning receipt of payment please contact: Lisa Gonzales Fiscal Service Specialist DOI National Business Center-Denver Accounting Operation Services Division (303) 969-5142 303-969-7281 fax