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: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Monthly Compliance Reports to EEOC
Effective immediately, if a compliance action in an EEOC Order is delayed, your monthly compliance reports must include the reason for the delay and the projected date of completion. Should there be extenuating circumstances which delay the timely completion of a compliance action, you are to provide a detailed explanation, accompanied by documentation that supports the circumstances.
Please be sure that these reports are submitted when due (the second Friday of each month) and contain all required information and documentation. I expect to receive these monthly compliance reports until you are otherwise notified by this Office that the EEOC has closed out the compliance file.
These instructions supplement the guidance outlined in EOD 1998-16.
Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120