Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Complaint Processing Responsibilities
The EEOC recently sanctioned a bureau for failure to include the EEO Counselor's Report as part of the contents of the Complaint File. In another case, EEOC remanded a complaint to the bureau for a supplemental investigation, which was never carried out.
As EEO professionals, we are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the complaints process. It is important that we adhere to Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1614. § 1614.105 through § 1614.108 discusses complaints processing, investigative responsibilities, and the contents of a complaint file. Management Directive 110, Chapter 6, addresses the development of impartial and appropriate factual records. Investigations and contents of the complaint file are also addressed in this chapter. Interior's Departmental Manual, 373 DM 5, also addresses complaints processing responsibilities.
Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120