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.
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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.
FROM: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
SUBJECT: Final Rule to Implement Section 501 Amendment
Increasing employment of individuals with disabilities is one of the goals of Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and Title I and selected sections of Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 501 prohibits the federal government, as an employer, from discriminating on the basis of disability. The ADA applies similar prohibitions to the private sector and state and local government employers. To promote consistent and full enforcement of these two laws, Congress amended section 501 in 1992 to adopt the employment nondiscrimination standards of the ADA. EEOC's new rule deletes certain sections of the old section 501 regulation at 29 CFR 1614.203, and inserts new language to cross-reference the EEOC's existing ADA regulation at 29 CFR 1630.
This rule is consistent with President George W. Bush's New Freedom Initiative in that it continues "the movement towards full integration of individuals with disabilities" into the workforce and promotes full compliance with section 501.
Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity