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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Obed Wild & Scenic River (TN)
Two Kayakers Rescued Through Interagency Effort

On the evening of January 12th, rangers and Morgan County rescue squad members responded to a 911 call from a 28-year-old man who said that he and a 32-year-old companion had been kayaking from Obed Junction to Nemo on the Obed River when they experienced problems and became separated. The caller said that he was lost and cold and did not know where his friend was. 

After locating the caller’s position with the help of Morgan County dispatch and the man’s cell phone, rangers paddled across the river at Canoe Hole and began looking for him, finding him around 10:30 p.m. Rangers escorted him back to the other side of the river, where the rescue squad was waiting to transport him to the ambulance.

Shortly after rangers began a ground search for the second man, a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter located him along the river downstream of Alley Ford.  With the help of GPS coordinates and guidance provided by the crew onboard the helicopter, Obed and Big South Fork rangers found him just after midnight.

Both men were suffering from exposure when found, but were treated and released by Morgan County Ambulance service. 

[Submitted by Matt Hudson]


Office of Communications
NPS To Join In Online Diplomacy Seminar

The Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, and the State Department are collaborating on a special, three-part online conference series during which students will be able to interact with experts and other classrooms from around the world to learn how diplomacy has shaped our country.

 The “Diplomacy in Action” online education conference, hosted by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, will take place on Wednesday, February 12th. Students will have the opportunity to earn the diplomat badge through the Smithsonian Quests digital badge program, which supports self-directed, project-based learning that facilitates anywhere, anytime exploration.

As part of an interagency initiative on learning, experts from the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and the State Department will highlight objects from their respective collections and sites that exemplify the theme for students.  Each online session will feature free digital learning resources and teaching strategies that educators can use to explore cross-curricular lessons with their students. The experts also will respond to questions from participants:

  • Marcee Craighill and Dr. Susan Holly from the State Department will present “Practicing Diplomacy from Early America to the Present” at 10 a.m. EST. They will take participants into the diplomatic reception rooms at the State Department – 42 rooms used by the president, vice president and secretary of state to conduct American diplomacy at the highest levels.
  • Dr. Stephanie Toothman, the National Park Service’s associate director for cultural resources, partnerships and science, will present “Places of Negotiation” at 1 p.m. EST. She will showcase several national parks, including Eisenhower National Historic Site, San Juan Island National Historical Park and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, which tell stories of diplomacy and negotiation during major turning points in U. S. and international history.
  • Harry R. Rubenstein, curator from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will present “Changing America and the People behind a Movement” at 4 p.m. EST. He will discuss the pivotal role local grassroots movements played in the history of civil rights in America, from the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington and beyond.

The Smithsonian Online Education Conference Series provides an online space for teachers and students to engage with Smithsonian experts and make connections from textbooks to today’s world. For more information, click on the “More Information” link below.

[Submitted by Kathy Kupper]

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Learning and Development Division
Pilot Training Program For New Division Chiefs Announced

The Learning and Development Division has announced the launching of a pilot new division chief leadership program. The program will target new division chiefs within their first two years of assignment, with the objective of increasing their effectiveness as members of park management teams. 

During this pilot year, the program curriculum will be tested and refined, with plans for full implementation in FY15. Each region is being asked to submit up to ten nominations for the pilot program. They are due by February 3rd. Nominees should:

  • Be new park or program division chiefs (within first two years of assignment)
  • Represent a diversity of career fields
  • Be interested in participating and aware of designated dates and time commitments
  • Have supervisor approval to participate, if selected.

Fewer than 30 total participants will be selected. Nominees will be notified by February 14, 2014.

For a copy of the training announcement, click on the “More Information” link below.

[Submitted by Peggy Sandretzky, Project Manager]

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Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs
Weekly Legislative Activities Report

The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs puts out weekly reports on hearings, new legislation and other activities on the Hill. This report covers activities in Congress for the week ending January 24th.

In order to obtain the full text of any of the bills that appear below, click on the following link: . That will take you to Thomas, the Library of Congress legislative tracking system. Enter the bill number in the “Search Bill Text” block, being sure to also click on the “Bill Number” option below the block.


New Public Laws

On January 17th, the President signed into law H.R. 3547 (Smith, R-TX-21), an act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes. The bill provides appropriations for Federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, through September 30, 2014. It is P.L. 113-76. P.L. 113-76 also contains several legislative provisions of interest to the National Park Service, including:

  • Authority for funding through fiscal year 2015 for 12 National Heritage Areas whose funding authority had lapsed, for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, and for American Battlefield Protection Program land protection grants; 
  • Authority through fiscal year 2014 for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission;
  • Land acquisition authority for facilities to support visitors to Ellis, Governors, and Liberty Islands in New York; and
  • Release of BLM lands adjacent to Lake Mead NRA from wilderness study, allowing the location of high-voltage transmission facilities outside of the park.

Floor Action

Nothing to report.

Committee Activity

Nothing to report.

New Bills Introduced     

Nothing to report.

Upcoming Committee Activity

On January 30th, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia will hold a hearing on “Shutdown: Examining Federal Government Closure Impacts on the District of Columbia.”  The hearing is scheduled for 2:30 PM in SD-342 Dirksen.  The DOI witness has not yet been determined.

On February 5th, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young) will hold a hearing on H.R. 3110 (Young, R-AK-At Large), to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska.  The hearing is scheduled for 2:00 PM in 1325 Longworth.  The DOI witness will be Bert Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resources Stewardship and Science.


For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at

[Submitted by Melissa Kuckro]


Pacific West Region
GS-0025-13 Superintendent

Pacific West Region is seeking candidates for the position of superintendent at Manzanar National Historic Site.  More information and the full vacancy announcement can be found at the link below. This recruitment closes January 28th.

[Submitted by Kathy Billings,, 760-786-3240]

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Devils Tower National Monument (WY)
GS-0404-7 Biological Science Technician

Devils Tower National Monument is recruiting for a term biological science technician.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on February 6th.

Contact Rene Ohms at 307-467-5283 x212 for more specific information.
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Olympic National Park (WA)
GS-2005-7 Supply Technician (Lateral)

Olympic National Park is currently recruiting for qualified applicants interested in a lateral reassignment as a supply technician.

This is a permanent, fulltime position at the park's administrative headquarters located in Port Angeles, WA.  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations (41 CFR Chapter 302) and agency and bureau policy. Park housing is not available.

The “Rest-of-U.S.” locality pay applies to this position. The annual salary range is $39,179 to $50,932.

The person selected will:

  • Provide for acquisition, utilization, protection, and disposition of federally owned personal property, such as firearms, radio/ IT equipment, vehicles and heavy equipment (Fleet), and keys and badges.
  • Conduct physical inventories, account for property in assigned functional areas, and participate as a team member in finalizing reviews. Investigate inventory discrepancies using available sources. Determine if property management program policies are supportive of needs and recommend changes in policies, as appropriate.
  • Use FBMS to maintain the personal property inventory system of records. Receive source documents concerning personal property acquisition, transfer, or disposal action. Initiate action to obtain any additional information needed. Complete and audit automated data entry screens for accuracy and completeness.
  • Provide direction and advice to custodial/liaison officers and the accountable property officer by advising on and developing procedures for marking and maintaining accountability of property. Ensures adherence to established standards for property acquisition, utilization, accountability, and disposal.
  • Provide technical assistance to the park Fleet Manager.
  • Receive requests for or reports of excess personal property and takes appropriate action.
  • Perform shipping, receiving and warehouse duties.

Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington State and is home to jagged alpine mountains, temperate rainforests, and 75 miles of the rugged Pacific Coast.  More information on the park may be found at: Olympic National Park. The duty station for this position is Port Angeles, Washington, a small city with a population of about 20,000 offering the full range of amenities (housing, schools, shopping, churches, medical services, etc.).  Port Angeles enjoys a coastal climate greatly influenced by the waters of the north Pacific. More information on Port Angeles and the surround communities may be found at: Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A current resume / application
  • A copy of your current or most recent performance appraisal
  • A copy of your current or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; and a copy of the SF-50 that confirms reassignment eligibility if different from your current one.

Email or postmark your documents by January 31st to:

  • Email: (enter “OLYM Supply Tech Lateral” in the subject line)
  • USPS or FedEx:  Olympic National Park, Attn:  Linda O’Sullivan, Human Resources, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA  98362.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the hiring official directly for more information:  Jeff Doryland, facility operations specialist, 360-565-3151 or