Reports and Plans

General Information

Financial and philanthropic support is outlined in our Annual Reports. The Smithsonian receives funding from federal government appropriations, other governmental entities, and private sources. Public dollars conserve national collections; sustain basic research; educate the public; provide for administrative and support services; and operate, maintain, and protect the large Smithsonian museum and research complexes. Private funds leverage federal dollars and provide the critical difference for endowing positions, carrying out innovative research, developing and building new facilities, opening groundbreaking exhibitions, reaching out to America’s diverse communities, and expanding and strengthening national collections.

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Short-term goals and performance objectives focus the Smithsonian's resources on priorities for major construction projects; securing the funding necessary to address maintenance and revitalization of building; opening new exhibitions and updating others that will have tremendous public impact; improving visitor services; and strengthening stewardship of the national collections.

Annual Performance Plan: Fiscal Year 2017 (PDF)

The Smithsonian Institution's management and financial controls systems provide reasonable assurance that the Institution's programs and resources are protected from fraud, waste, and misuse.

Management's Discussion and Analysis: Fiscal Year 2017 (PDF)

Office of Inspector General Reports to Congress

The Office of the Inspector General was established, in part, to provide a means for keeping the head of the Smithsonian Institution and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to Institution programs and operations, and the necessity for and progress of corrective actions. The Office of the Inspector General fulfills this responsibility through semiannual reporting, as required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, testimony, and other means as the Inspector General finds necessary.

Reports to Congress

Scorecard on Sustainability and Energy Performance

Current Scorecard (PDF)

U.S. Government Accountability Office Reports

2016 Cultural Property: Protection of Iraqi and Syrian Antiquities (GAO-16-673, PDF)

2013 Congressionally Chartered Organizations: Key Principles for Leveraging Nonfederal Resources (GAO-13-549, PDF)

2011 Smithsonian Institution: Much Work Still Needed to Identify and Repatriate Indian Human Remains and Objects (GAO-11-515, PDF)

2009 Smithsonian Institution: Implementation of Governance Reforms Is Progressing, but Work Remains (GAO-10-190R, PDF)

2008 GAO Report on Smithsonian Governance: “Board of Regents Has Implemented Many Governance Reforms, but Ensuring Accountability and Oversight Will Require Ongoing Action” (GAO-08-632, PDF)

2007 GAO Report on Funding Challenges Affect Facilities' Conditions and Security, Endangering Collections (PDF)

2006 GAO Report on Smithsonian on Demand (PDF)

2005 GAO Report on Facilities Management Reorganization Is Progressing, but Funding Remains a Challenge 
(PDF, 88 pages)

Office of the Inspector General

The Office of the Inspector General is an independent, objective office within the Smithsonian Institution. The Inspector General reports directly to the Smithsonian Board of Regents and to Congress.

OIG Audits and Reviews

Office of Policy and Analysis: Finances and Administration

Smithsonian Enterprises (formerly Smithsonian Business Ventures) Task Force Report

The Task Force report was issued in January 2008 with recommendations for the revenue-generating activities of the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian Enterprises Task Force Report (PDF)