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.
To: Bureau and Office Directors & Equal Opportunity Program Managers
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Federal Appellate Settlement Team (FAST) Program, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will begin implementation of the Federal Appellate Settlement Team (FAST) Program and will make mediation services and other assistance available to the Department of the Interior.
The FAST Program is designed to address specific cases involving new appeals, "on the merits," but not those cases pending dismissals or similar actions.
The FAST Program process is sixty (60) days in duration. Prescribed time frames for other administrative actions will be preserved.
It is important to note that the FAST Program will be entirely voluntary for all parties.
The FAST Program will provide cost-effective mediation services in selected appeals filed with the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations. An essential goal of the Department is to utilize the FAST Program's resources and expertise for mediation services to affect resolutions that improve communications between the parties, enhance workplace morale, and preclude litigation.
The Director, Office for Equal Opportunity has engaged in continuing consultations with EEOC and Departmental officials, and the Department has determined to fully participate in the FAST Program.
The information contained herein is for your use in advising your Bureau/Office Directors, employees, and others of this new opportunity to derive cost-effective benefits through the FAST Program. The FAST Program initiative is an outstanding opportunity for your organization to reach accords in employment disputes involving allegations of discrimination.
While your Bureau/Office's participation in the FAST Program is voluntary, Departmental policy for ADR will continue to require management's mandatory offer to ADR to complainants in all other cases.
The Director, OEO, will advise Bureaus/Offices of the EEOC's identification, and the Department's approval, of specific cases for inclusion in the mediation services provided by the FAST Program.
The Department will require the continuing application of Alternative Dispute Resolution systems and strategies to accomplish sound resolutions in other pending cases, i.e., those cases that may not be selected for inclusion in the FAST Program initiative.
The Office for Equal Opportunity will distribute additional information concerning the FAST Program, including the "FAST Offer Package," and the specific cases approved for action pursuant to the FAST Program, as information becomes available.
Should you have questions concerning the FAST Program, please contact Richard E. Redmond, at 202-208-5183.
Distribution: Bureau and Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquires: Richard E. Redmond, Alternative Dispute Resolution, (202) 208-5183