Relationship Between the Smithsonian and the Congress

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When the Comptroller General of the United States published its report entitled "Need to Strengthen Financial Accountability to the Congress, Smithsonian Institution," the Board of Regents formed the Audit and Review Committee and asked Phillip S. Hughes to conduct and independent study of the Smithsonian's relationship to the Federal Government. The report that was produced looks at the Smithsonian's relationship with Congress; its relationship with constituent elements including the National Gallery of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and the specific recommendations made in the Comptroller General's report. It determined that the Smithsonian Institution is a "trust instrumentality" of the United States, a unique, legislatively created, public trust that is not an executive branch agency.


  • Hughes, Phillip Samuel
  • Board of Regents
  • United States General Accounting Office
  • United States Congress
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Board of Regents Audit and Review Committee


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • Title 20, Education
  • Report - Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 613, Office of the Secretary (S. Dillon Ripley), Records, Box 429, Folder: Board of Regents/Audit Review Committee (Documents)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Trusts and trustees
  • Law and legislation
  • Secretaries
  • Finance
  • Status (Law)
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Federal Government
  • Federal funds
  • Finance--Law and legislation


Report - Smithsonian

Physical description

Number of pages: 56; Page Numbers: i-48

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