Smithsonian Scandals and Leadership Changes
The exterior of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building.
The exterior of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building.
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A longtime critic of the Smithsonian Institution introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate this week that would wipe out the national museum complex's exemption from the Freedom of Information Act and the Sunshine Act.
A federal judge has found that a key Smithsonian business executive pushed a door into a janitor, slamming her against a wall, and jerked on her lanyard forcefully in an altercation five years ago, but the judge dismissed a lawsuit over the fight.
The catalogue and online store for the Smithsonian Institution have suspended their operations after the outside vendor that handled the business abruptly closed.
The Smithsonian Board of Regents voted yesterday to stop looking for help from an outsider to rejuvenate the historic Arts & Industries Building, the massive, shuttered exhibition hall at the heart of the National Mall.
The Smithsonian Institution yesterday officially changed the name of its troubled business unit and revamped the way profits are distributed to its museums.
The head of the Smithsonian Latino Center resigned in February after an internal investigation found that she violated a variety of rules and ethics policies by abusing her expense account, trying to steer a contract to a friend and soliciting free tickets for fashion shows, concerts and music award...
Ga. Tech Chief Selected As Head of Smithsonian (Post, March 16, 2008, Page A01)
Smithsonian Undersecretary for Art Ned Rifkin to Leave in April (Post, March 13, 2008, Page C03)
West's Travel Topped Other Smithsonian Directors': Review Found Cost of Trips By Former Indian Museum Leader Five Times the Average (Post, February 2, 2008, Page C01)
Portrait Cost Indian Museum $48,500: Senators, Trustees Question Spending By Former Director (Post, January 4, 2008, Page C01)
Indian Museum Director Spent Lavishly on Travel (Post, December 28, 2007, Page A01)
Smithsonian Challenged to Raise More Private Funds: Senate Plan Would Give Extra $15 Million for Repairs If $30 Million Is Donated (Post, December 13, 2007, Page C01)
After Smithsonian Loses Oceans Gift, Board to Review Donation Process (Post, November 20, 2007, Page C01)
Smithsonian Project Loses Oil Sponsor: $5 Million Gift for 'Ocean Initiative' Withdrawn Before Board Review (Post, November 17, 2007, Page A01)
Scientists Fault Climate Exhibit Changes: Smithsonian Head Denies Politics Altered Arctic Show Message (Post, November 16, 2007, Page A01)
Smithsonian Questions $5 Million In Oil Money: Donation Intended For Ocean Exhibit (Post, November 3, 2007, Page A01)
GAO Faults Smithsonian Upkeep and Security: Leaks and Vandalism Threaten Collections (Post, September 29, 2007, Page A01)
Smithsonian Official Quits After Records Destroyed: Hobbins Had Key Role In Hiring and Upkeep Of Ex-Secretary Small (Post, August 8, 2007, Page C01)
Museum Ousts Gary Beer For Excess Expenses: Smithsonian Business Ventures Chief Is Told To Repay $30,000 (Post, August 2, 2007, Page C01)
A Tough Sell for Smithsonian's Stores: In Wake of Critical Report, Institution Is Considering Outside Vendor (Post, July 25, 2007, Page C01)
Senators Push Smithsonian To Quickly Hire New Leaders (Post, June 27, 2007, Page C01)
Small Intervened in Smithsonian Insurance (Post, June 26, 2007, Page C02)
Secrecy Pervaded Smithsonian on Small's Watch: Independent Panel Also Faults Regents And Others for Lack of Spending Scrutiny (Post, June 21, 2007, Page C01)
Report Slams Small's Tenure: Smithsonian Had 'Ill-Suited' Leader (Post, June 20, 2007; 4:58 PM)
Museum's Deputy Secretary Resigns: Smithsonian Board Raps Own Knuckles (Post, June 19, 2007, Page A01)
Norton to Samper: What, Butterflies Aren't Free? (Post, June 16, 2007, Page C08)
With Budget Cuts, House Panel Scolds Troubled Smithsonian (Post, May 24, 2007, Page C04)
Controversial CEO to Leave Smithsonian Business Ventures (Post, May 17, 2007, Page A01)
Smithsonian Ordered to Reinstate Fired Official (Post, May 10, 2007, Page C03)
Smithsonian Seeks Partner To Save Mall Landmark: Arts & Industries Would Be Leased to Developer For Compatible Use (Post, May 9, 2007, Page C01)
Small's House Rarely Used For Business: Ex-Official Got Allowance But Entertained at Museums (Post, April 19, 2007, Page C01)
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