H. R. 1786
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 5, 2011
Ms. Norton introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To provide for the application of sections 552, 552a, and 552b of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) to the Smithsonian Institution, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Open and Transparent Smithsonian Act
Application of open government statutes to the Smithsonian Institution
The following provisions shall apply to the Smithsonian Institution:
Section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act).
Sections 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act).
Sections 552b of title 5, United States Code (relating to open meetings).
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).
For purposes of each provision of law under subsection (b)—
the Smithsonian Institution shall be an agency; and
the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution shall be the head of the agency.
Effective date and application
This section shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.
This section shall apply to—
all actions taken by the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution or any officer or employee of the Smithsonian Institution before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act;
any record created before, on, or after that date; and
any meeting held before, on, or after that date.