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: Sharon D. Eller,
Director, Office of Civil Rights /signed/
Subject: Entering Events and Uploading
Documents into the DOI iComplaints System
Please find enclosed new Civil Rights Directive 2014-08, Entering Events
and Uploading Documents into the DOI iComplaints System.
Distribution: Bureau EEO Officers and Complaints Managers,
Office of the Secretary EEO Complaints Manager
Inquiries: Tanisha M. Edmonds, Acting Chief,
Employment Complaints and Adjudication Division, Office of Civil Rights, (202) 208-4016, or Designee
CIVIL RIGHTS DIRECTIVE
Subject:Entering Events and Uploading Documents into
the DOI iComplaints System
This Directive establishes standards, provides guidance, and
conveys Bureau and Office of the Secretary (OS) Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office responsibilities with
respect to complaints tracking, monitoring and management of complaints
processing documents within the DOI iComplaints system. All bureaus must maintain new complaint files
based upon the format, form, timeliness, completeness, and content requirements
as set forth below.
29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1614, Federal Sector
Equal Employment Opportunity;29 C.F.R. §1614.602(a) (Reports to the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Federal Sector
Report, Attaining a Model Agency Program: Efficiency, Effective Complaints
Tracking and Monitoring System
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), all Bureau EEO Offices, and the OS EEO
Office will maintain a Complaint-Tracking ,
to accurately capture data for the Annual Federal EEO Statistical Report of
Discrimination Complaints (the 462 Report). This Complaint-Tracking System shall be an
accurate, accessible, verifiable and comprehensive tracking system for managing
an effective and timely complaint processing program.
Bureau EEO Officers and the OS Complaints Manager will ensure all iComplaints
users within his/her Bureau EEO Office or the OS EEO Office have a user account
and appropriate training. Bureau EEO Officers and the OS Complaints Manager
will ensure all complaints processing documents for complaints of
discrimination being processed by his/her EEO Office are uploaded and
associated events are entered into the iComplaints system.
All bureaus must maintain copies of all files
within iComplaints, shared drives or in hard copy for complaints that are
pending before the EEOC Hearings Division, Office of Federal Operations, or the
U.S. District Court. To commence the litigation hold of files, actual notice
shall be required, such as a Request for a Hearing before the EEOC or a notice
of filing in U.S. District Court from a complainant or a complainant's
The policies and procedures in this document apply to OCR, all Bureau EEO
Offices and the OS EEO Office.
a. Required Documents Within iComplaints.
The Bureau EEO Officer or OS
Complaints Manager must ensure that the following documents and associated
events, including the Report of Investigation (ROI), are uploaded into the DOI iComplaints
system for each complaint of discrimination being processed by the Bureau or OS
EEO Office within 2 business days of the event or receipt of the document:
(462: Informal Start)
Initial Interview – Rights and Responsibilities issued
ROI and Election Letter Issued and Proof of Receipt
ROI Issued (462: Investigation End)
Request for FAD
Complainant Request for FAD (462: Request for FAD)
EEOC Hearing Request
EEOC Hearing Request (462: Hearing Requested)
AJ Ordered FAD
AJ Ordered FAD (462: AJ Ordered FAD)
EEOC Hearing Decision
Received AJ's Decision (462: AJ's Decision)
+ AJ Decision Fully Implemented (462: AJ Decision Fully
+ AJ Decision not Fully Implemented (462:AJ Decision not Fully Implemented)
Complainant Appeal Notice
Complainant Appealed Decision
+ Agency Appealed Finding not Remedy (462: Agency Appealed
Finding not Remedy)
+ Agency Appealed Remedy not Finding (462: Agency Appealed
Remedy not Finding)
+ Agency Appealed both Finding and Remedy (462: Agency
Appealed both Finding and Remedy)
OFO Acknowledgment of Appeal
Files submitted to OFO
Submission of case file to OFO
OFO Appeal Decision
Complainant or Agency filed Request for Reconsideration
Acknowledgment of Request for Reconsideration Received
OFO Decision on Request for Reconsideration
(462: Civil Action)
File Requirements Within iComplaints.
The file size
limit has been increased to:
55 MB per file
90 MB total per
If the ROI is larger than 50 MB or
causes the complaint file to exceed 90 MB, the ROI should be reduced in size
using Adobe Acrobat (Tools/Document Processing/Optimize Scanned
PDF/Optimization Options/Small Size). Where it is necessary to divide large ROI
files into smaller files, bookmarks must be created again.
Documents must be in a PDF format
with these features:
(a) and word-searchable (Optical Character Recognition),