GAO Signs Off On Smithsonian/Showtime Deal

The federal government’s General Accountability Office has announced that it could find no evidence that the Smithsonian Institution’s controversial deal with the Showtime cable networks was hampering the abilities of other researchers to access those same materials. “The GAO review, begun last June, said its inquiry had prompted the Smithsonian and Showtime to make clear that researchers’ ideas do not have to be presented first to Showtime to gain Smithsonian access.”