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: 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