Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
From: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
Subject: Retention of Records
EEOC recently issued a finding of an adverse inference in a Department of the Interior EEO case in which Agency officials failed to retain records relevant to the EEO complaint.
Federal regulations require a Federal Agency to maintain all records relevant to an EEO complaint until after final resolution of that complaint. See GSA Federal Property Management Regulations, 101.11.4, General Records Schedule I, Item 26. The EEOC's regulations at 29 C.F.R. 1602.14(a) also make clear that the Agency must maintain all pertinent information relevant to an EEO complaint.
In the instant case, the Administrative Judge was not persuaded by the argument that the adverse inference should not be imposed because personnel officials were not aware of the complaint when the records were destroyed. The Administrative Judge found that the Complainant was affected by the destruction of the records, and, because the records no longer existed, the Complainant was denied a full and fair opportunity to demonstrate that the Agency's reasons for not filling the position was retaliatory.
Effective immediately, all bureaus and offices are to notify all offices with a "need to know" of their responsibilities to retain all records that are pertinent to an EEO complaint. We have provided you with a form notification letter to be used to inform offices that records must be retained until the resolution or disposition of an EEO complaint.
Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120