Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Incredible: Smithsonian Under Investigation, again


by Gary Snyder

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa): “I am now concerned that Smithsonian Secretary Clough has incurred many of the same type of questionable travel expenses as his predecessor and his promised changes at the Smithsonian may have been little more than lip service.” Secretary G. Wayne Clough had taken 59 trips since he became secretary in July 2008 with trips to France, Alaska and “resort destinations in Florida and Colorado.” “The Smithsonian is proud of the fact that two-thirds of its travel funds come from outside sources,” a Smithsonian statement said.

In the past, Grassley demanded accountability from the Smithsonian regarding the expenses of former Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small. A Washington Post investigation found that Small was using federal funds for his travel and upgrades on his Smithsonian office and private home. Small resigned in March 2007. 
In the wake of Small’s resignation, the Smithsonian tightened its travel policies, following federal travel guidelines. “Clough routinely traveled first class on commercial flights, a practice that is prohibited under federal guidelines (unless medically necessary), and opposed by the Smithsonian’s own auditors. Clough repeatedly cited a medical condition as the reason for his first class accommodation, although travel photos taken by the Smithsonian show him hiking and exploring the outdoors.” according to Junketsleuth.com. (link)











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