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  • This report by the Surveys and Investigations Staff of the House Appropriations Committee looks at aspects of the Smithsonian Institution including its statutory authority, accountability to Congress, and policies and practices in administering and funding programs of the Institution. The report includes, among others, chapters on Management discretion of Smithsonian Institution Officials and Board of Regents Involvement; How Smithsonian Institution Determines Program Funding--Federal or Private; Personnel, Management and Funding; Multiplicity of Funding Distorts Smithsonian Budget Presentations; Smithsonian Institution--A Big Business Enterprise; and Smithsonian--A Federal Establishment.
  • The copy of the report in the Secretaries Papers also includes the Smithsonian's response to the report, paragraph by paragraph, and in a complete summary at the end. The Smithsonian's response includes "Smithsonian Institution Policies and Procedures Governing the use of Appropriated Funds; Contracts and Grants; and Trust Funds."


  • Surveys and Investigations Staff, House Appropriations Committee
  • United States Congress House Committee on Appropriations
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress House


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  • Title 20, Education
  • Report - Congressional


The copy of this report in the Secretaries Files (SIA Record Unit 613 Box 434 Folder [in Black Binder]) has a page of the House Appropriations Committee report on the left with the Smithsonian response on the right. In the back is a complete summary and text of the Smithsonian response.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 613, Office of the Secretary (S. Dillon Ripley), Records, Box 434, Folder: Black Binder (Documents)

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




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Report - Congressional

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Number of pages: 220; Page Numbers: i-68

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