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: Sharon D. Eller, Director, Office of Civil /S/
Subject: Procedures for Final Agency Decisions- Partial Dismissals of Complaints
This Directive immediately rescinds Equal Opportunity Directive 2010-03, Procedures for Final Agency Decisions-Partial Dismissals of Complaints.
Partial dismissals of discrimination complaints, issued throughout the DOl shall comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Management Directive 110 (MD- 110) and 29 C.F.R. §1614.107(b), which state:
Where the agency believes that some but not all of the claims in a complaint should be dismissed for the reasons contained in paragraphs (a) (1) through (9) of this section, the agency shall notify the complainant in writing of its determination, the rationale for that determination and that those claims will not be investigated, and shall place a copy of the notice in the investigative file. A determination under this paragraph is reviewable by an administrative judge if a hearing is requested on the remainder of the complaint, but is not appealable until final action is taken on the remainder of the complaint.
Distribution: Bureau EEO Officers, Complaints Manager, Office of the Secretary EEO Office,