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: 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