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).
To: All Equal Employment Opportunity Professionals
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Handbook on Complaints Processing
This Handbook represents the Department of the Interior's (Department) guidance to Equal Employment Opportunity Professionals responsible for processing complaints of employment discrimination filed against the Department. The Handbook encompasses all guidance that has been developed and disseminated through previous Equal Opportunity Directives and contains new guidance on areas not previously addressed. You should use this Handbook in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's regulations at Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1614 and the corresponding Management Directive 110.
The information in the Handbook may be revised periodically with replacement pages of the concerned topic. Additions to the Handbook may also be made in the future concerning new topics. We anticipate that there will always be new case law developed that may impact the way we handle complaints.
The appendices in the back of the Handbook are samples of forms and letters which you may use or, you may use your own forms and formats. At a minimum, the information in your letters and forms should contain the information required by Federal regulations and Departmental guidance.
We sincerely hope this guidance will be helpful to you. If, at any time, you have technical questions about complaints processing, we encourage you to contact us. We're here to serve you.