Margaret DONG, Plaintiff, v. The SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Defendant

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Smithsonian Institution Motioned to dismiss action filed by employee, Margaret Dong. The court ruled that the Smithsonian Institution was an agency under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act. The court acknowledged that the statutory construction of the Smithsonian is not entirely clear, however, when "examined anew and in its own context," the court concluded that the Smithsonian was an agency. Therefore, under the definition of agency in the Administrative Procedure Act, the Smithsonian is covered by Privacy Act. Defendant's Motion to Dismiss was denied.


  • Dong, Margaret
  • Kessler, Gladys
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States Freedom of Information Act
  • United States Privacy Act of 1974
  • United States Administrative Procedure Act


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 878 F.Supp. 244 (D.D.C. 1995)
  • Title 05, Government Organization and Employees
  • Court case

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878 Federal Supplement (Book)

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


  • 1995
  • 02/28/1995


  • Law
  • Privacy, Right of
  • Actions and defenses
  • Interpretation and construction
  • Status (Law)
  • Administrative procedure
  • Freedom of information
  • Law--Interpretation and construction


Court case

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Number of pages: 7; Page Numbers: 244-250

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