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.
If you request a hearing, you will be allowed to present witnesses and evidence on your behalf. The Administrative Judge will have 180 days from the date the EEOC received your request for a hearing to conduct the hearing, issue findings and conclusions and a recommended decision on your complaint.
The hearing is recorded and transcribed verbatim. The Administrative Judge will issue a recommended decision and forward it to the Director, OEO.
If You Do Not Ask For A Hearing
If you do not ask for either a hearing or a decision without a hearing within 30 calendar days after you receive the notice of election described above, the Director, OEO, may issue an immediate final decision based upon the evidence in the ROI.
The Final Decision
The Departmental OEO as the esignee of the Secretary will issue you a final decision on your complaint within 60 calendar days from (a) the date of your request for en immediate decision, (b) the end of the 30-day period after you receive the notice of election, or (c) the date of its receipt of the Administrative Judge's recommended decision. The Departmental OEO must give you.
If a hearing has been conducted, copy of the Administrative Judge's recommended decision along with its final decision on your complaint. If the Director, OEO, decides to reject or modify the Administrative Judge's recommended decision, specific reasons must be provided for doing so in the final decision on your complaint.
If dissatisfied with the agency's final decision, you may, within 30 calendar days of the date on which you received the decision or notice of dismissal, appeal the decision to the Director, Office of Federal Operations, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, P.O. Box 19848, Washington, DC 20036.