Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Investigation of Smithsonian under former Secretary Lawrence Small

The Smithsonian launched an independent commission investigation of the institution under former Secretary Lawrence Small. The final report and exhibits are available at the Washington Post. This report concluded Small "created an imperialistic and insular culture" that limited the flow of information to the Board of Regents, which is supposed to oversee the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian has revised the governance practices of the Board of Regents in order to address some of the problems brought up under Small's administration. You can read all about the new governance setup as well as a report on why these changes are needed on the Smithsonian web site.

Want to read more about the report on Small and the second ranking official Sheila P. Burke (who resigned today)? Check out the Washington Post article "Report Slams Small's Tenure."

Want to look at the historic documents that the Smithsonian and other agencies provide for free online? Check out the library's guide.

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