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Smithsonian Inspector General Resigns, Cites Office Cutbacks
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Resignations
Author: Jacqueline Trescott - Washington Post Staff Writer
Date: Jun 6, 2006
Start Page: C.01
Section: STYLE

As the Smithsonian expands its undertakings with new museums and new moneymaking ventures, [Debra S. Ritt] said, the office's responsibilities should increase. "The more there is of the Smithsonian, the more oversight from the inspector general is needed," she said.

She said she was apprehensive that an interim IG would be compromised if that person came from inside the Smithsonian. "My fear is that they will bring in someone they can control. We are doing some things that are controversial," Ritt said. Since the Smithsonian established the office in 1989, the two IGs have been recruited from outside the Smithsonian.

In addition, she said she had broadened the SBV audit to look at executive compensation throughout the Smithsonian and do a more detailed examination of the revenues and financial impact of SBV. The office is "going to take a hard look at the accounting practices, especially when they are so different from the rest of the Smithsonian," Ritt said.

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