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.
From: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication
Subject: Alternative Dispute Resolution - Monthly Reporting Forms
This Directive is to provide you with a standard format for your use in reporting Bureau/Office activities relative to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In order to evaluate the overall effectiveness and success of ADR, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires that we report, annually, on our progress with implementation of ADR programs. This office also reviews activities of Bureaus to determine how often ADR is utilized and to try and determine its effectiveness in resolving disputes. Toward this end, we are monitoring the training and education of employees on the program, the types of issues being taken to ADR, the profile of employees participating in ADR, and money expended both in training and in settlement activities.
Up to this point, we have received very few voluntary reports from Bureaus/Offices and there has been little consistency in the reporting of ADR activities. Therefore, for your convenience, we have developed the attached forms to report ADR activities during both the informal (pre-complaint) and formal stages. Please feel free to reproduce this report as necessary. We are requesting that you use this reporting format only when providing information to this office on ADR activities. The report should be attached to your monthly complaints status report when it is sent to our office. For the convenience of those Bureaus that submit their monthly complaints status reports electronically, the reporting format is also being provided via electronic transmission.
As a point of clarification, any ADR activity that is engaged in during the EEO Counseling stage, or after initial counselor contact, is to be reported on the Informal reporting form. Any ADR activity that is engaged in after the filing of a formal (written) complaint and prior to a complainant's election for final decision are to be reported on the Formal reporting form. We are not using this report for ADR activities engaged in as a result of settlement negotiations for cases pending before an EEOC administrative judge. A key to the ADR report is provided that defines terms used in the categories and provides instructions on how to complete each category.
You should begin submitting this report effective with submission of your monthly complaints status report for the month ending June 30, 2001. We are further requesting that your first report cover the time period commencing October 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001. All reports, thereafter, should only reflect ADR activities for the month being reported on. Finally, two ADR reports (one for informal activity and one for formal activity) should be submitted each month even if there has been no activity.
For your assistance, we are also providing you with a sample report (completed). Please share this information with your field organizational units.
Attachments - Reporting Format
Key to ADR Report
(Call 202-208-4015 for attachments)
DISTRIBUTION: Bureau and Office Equal Opportunity Managers
INQUIRIES: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication, (202) 208-4015