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ID:

331

Date:

2008-07-19

Headline:

Bill Would End FOIA Shield for Smithsonian

Reporter's name:

James V. Grimaldi and Jacqueline Trescott

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The Washington Post

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation, S. 3276, to repeal the FOIA exemption for the Smithsonian Institution, which was created by two rulings of the D.C. Circuit during the 1990s. The legislation follows investigations regarding Small, office policies, and the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents.

Notes:

A FOIA request by the Washington Post in 2006 led to an internal investigation which uncovered financial improprieties involving then-Secretary of the Smithsonian Lawrence M. Small. Coverage by the Post, culminating in the March 27, 2008 story, "Smithsonian's Small Quits in Wake of Inquiry," not only spurred a change of leadership, but also led to a renewed commitment to oversight by the Smithsonian Board of Regents.

Keywords:

FOIA, Smithsonian, exemption, Congress

URL:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/18/AR2008071802938.html


Agencies:

GAO

States:

DC

Categories:

FOIA


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