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Today, another Washington institution is absorbing news of its former leader. The Smithsonian Institution runs the National Zoo and many of the free museums you may have seen in a visit to Washington. The Smithsonian assembled an independent panel to look at its former secretary, Lawrence Small. The panel's report out this morning finds that Small created an imperialistic and insular culture. He made half a million dollars in salary, plus $150,000 for a housing allowance, but he missed a lot of work.

In fact, he missed 550 work days while earning millions on outside projects. The report says the Smithsonian's problems were so serious that Congress might need to change the rules under which non-profit institutions are run.

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