Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
The Office of Policy Analysis has the experience, skills, and objectivity to help decision makers identify policy issues, conduct economic analysis, consider policy options, and develop and coordinate feasible, cost-effective solutions that cut across bureau and agency jurisdictions.
We provide objective, bureau-neutral, Department-wide policy analysis, economic analysis, and program coordination to inform and implement the decisions made by the Secretary and Departmental leadership.
To be a resource for high-quality, accurate, reliable, and objective economic and policy analysis in support of key decision-making processes.
To proactively identify topics, undertake analyses, and provide Departmental leaders with insight into trends and emerging issues that will have a significant effect upon Departmental resources and responsibilities.
To serve as a key resource for bureau-neutral, objective program coordination and program review.
The Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) embraces the following set of core values associated with its analysis, work products, staff, professional relationships, and coordination activities:
Objectivity. PPA work products are based on objective analysis, responsive to decision makers' needs, bureau-neutral, well-written, and intellectually honest. Neutral competency is essential to the integrity of the office.
Quality. PPA staff are held to high standards and have the ability to approach work assignments in an analytic, systematic, and task-oriented fashion. They are able to work independently or as part of a team, can handle multiple assignments simultaneously, and are able to proactively respond to emerging issues.
Opportunity. The PPA leadership team believes in a level playing field for all staff and ensures that staff members are valued and recognized for their contributions. Staff members have short- and long-term opportunities to strengthen their intellectual capital both through work assignments and training. PPA fosters cognitive diversity in an open, interactive work environment to facilitate the free exchange of ideas. Leadership provides mentorship for junior staff with an eye to developing the leaders of the future, and in general endeavors to establish an office that is seen as a good career move for emerging leaders.
Coordination. PPA leadership and staff are encouraged to develop productive professional relationships both internal and external to the office, including but not limited to engaging in collaborative work with the bureaus, other DOI offices, other government agencies, and academia.
Bandwidth. PPA has the diversity and intellectual capacity to effectively address the wide range of issues that face the Department and its many, diverse bureau responsibilities.
Integrity. PPA staff demonstrates integrity through honesty, efficiency and reliability.