A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
FROM: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
SUBJECT: Executive Order 13160 Guidance Document - - Ensuring Equal Opportunity in Federally Conducted
Education and Training Programs
Please find attached the subject Guidance Document that was issued by the Department of Justice on January 18, 2001. This Guidance was issued pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 13160. The Executive Order prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent in Federally conducted education and training programs. This Equal Opportunity Directive also reiterates the Department of the Interior's (DOI) policy and commitment to providing educational environments that are entirely free from discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent.
General Policy. It is Interior's policy that no individual shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in a Federally conducted education or training program or activity conducted, operated, or undertaken by any DOI bureau of office, on the basis of race, sex, color national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent.
Summary. Among the topics addressed in the policy Guidance Document is the scope of covered programs, applicable legal principles, examples of discriminatory conduct, enforcement or complaints processing procedures, remedies, and reporting requirements.
Effective Date of Guidance Document. January 18, 2001.
Complaint Processing Procedures. The Executive Order covers all people involved in DOI federally conducted education or training programs. Effective immediately, all DOI bureaus and offices are directed to establish procedures for processing complaints under the authority of Executive Order 13160. In order to comply with the requirements of the Executive Order, all bureau and office procedures for receiving and addressing complaints must be in place by April 18, 2001. In addition, all DOI bureaus and offices are directed to take immediate steps toward establishing an outreach program to proclaim the Executive Order's nondiscrimination policy in terms of their federally conducted education or training programs including the procedures for filing covered complaints.
To ensure Department-wide compliance with the requirements of the Executive Order, within 60 days of the date of this Directive, we request that each bureau or office report to the Departmental Office for Equal Opportunity on the outreach steps that have been taken to inform all education and training components within the bureau's or office's jurisdiction, including beneficiaries, of DOI's nondiscrimination policy and enforcement procedures under the Executive Order.
ATTACHMENT - Call 202-208-6647
INQUIRIES: Melvin C. Fowler, Civil Rights Staff Assistant, Departmental Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-3455