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).
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Cooperation and Conduct of Department of the Interior employees in EEO Investigations
By letter dated August 22, 2002, the San Francisco EEOC District Office brought to my attention, the fact that some employees within the Department of the Interior had refused to cooperate with an EEO investigation. The Administrative Judge wrote in part...“ am compelled to comment on the inappropriate conduct of ...personnel in refusing to cooperate with an EEO investigation and refusing to provide relevant documents. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable....”
Such conduct is inconsistent with the spirit of the Federal EEO Complaint Process, and is not in keeping with our responsibilities in conducting ourselves appropriately as federal employees. Further, MD-110 stipulates that the agency retains responsibility for conducting an appropriate investigation of complaints filed against them. The Director, EEO must ensure that the complaints process is carried out as expeditiously as possible.
Bureau Equal Opportunity Officers, as well as Equal Opportunity Staff throughout the Department, are responsible for ensuring that EEO investigations are conducted in a timely, appropriate and professional manner at all times and that employees cooperate fully with the EEO Counselor, the EEO Investigator in all phases of the investigation. Failure to do so may result in adverse inferences drawn against the agency.
Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120