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: 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