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.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
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.
You may file an EEO Complaint if you believe you may have been discriminated against on one or more of the following "bases": race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or sexual orientation or reprisal for participation in prior EEO activity. The general procedures are outlined below, as are procedures for complaints regarding sexual orientation.
WHO CAN FILE? An employee, former employee, or an applicant for employment with DOI who meets the threshold above may file an EEO Complaint. However, visitors, employees and clients of organizations outside DOI which receive Federal funding from DOI should go through the Civil Rights program.
FIRST, SEE A COUNSELOR. You must discuss the alleged discriminatory matter with an EEO Counselor within 45 days of the date of the incident that gave rise to your complaint. You may wish to pursue an informal solution through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process. The EEO Counselor will discuss this option with you.
HOW TO FILE:
Informal: If the attempts to informally resolve your complaint by the EEO Counselor have been unsuccessful, you will be provided, in writing, with a notice of final interview (NOFI) and your right to file a formal complaint of discrimination against the agency.
Formal: You have 15 calendar days from the date of receipt of the NOFI to submit your formal complaint in writing to your Bureau EO Officer, Bureau Director, the Secretary of the Interior, or the OS, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO).
INVESTIGATION: The Bureau or Office has 180 calendar days from the date you filed your complaint to complete the investigation and provide you with the Report of Investigation (ROI). Sometimes, extension of the 180 days may be necessary to complete the investigation. You have 30 days from receipt of the ROI to select one of the courses of action described in the "election" notice. If your complaint involves a matter appealable to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), you will be issued a decision on the merits of your case, without a hearing, by the Director, OEO.
HEARING: If you request a hearing before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you will be allowed to present witnesses and evidence on your behalf to an Administrative Judge. The Administrative Judge will issue a decision on your complaint that will be subject to a final order by the Director, OEO.
FINAL AGENCY DECISION (FAD) or Final Order: The OEO will issue a final decision on your complaint within 60 calendar days from the date of your receipt of the EEOC Administrative Judge's decision, or within 60 days after receipt of your notice of election for a final decision on the merits.
APPEAL: You may appeal the decision of the Director, OEO to the EEOC within 30 calendar days of your receipt of the final agency decision or final order.
CIVIL ACTION: In lieu of an appeal with the EEOC, you may, within 90 calendar days of the date of your receipt of the final decision or final order, file a civil action in an appropriate United States District Court. Also, you may file a civil action 180 calendar days after you filed your individual complaint if a final decision has not been issued and you have not appealed to EEOC.
COMPENSATORY DAMAGES: If there is a finding of discrimination, in certain cases, you may be entitled to compensatory damages.
SPECIAL CASES: Cases regarding age, sexual orientation, mixed cases (appealable to the MSPB), negotiated grievances, and class complaints are handled somewhat differently. See your Bureau EO Officer.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: For more information regarding sexual harassment see EOD-2001-01, and EOD-2001-17.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION ISSUES: Cases regarding sexual orientation fall under the policy in EOD 99-03 and follow the procedures described in EOD 99-04 and 373 DM 7.
The newly revised EEO complaint process for federal employees and applicants for employment is governed by regulations issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 29 C.F.R. § 1614.
DOI Equal Opportunity procedures for processing complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation are found at 373 DM 7.
EEO Plus (Partners Listening, Understanding, and Solving). Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program for use by all Office of the Secretary employees.