Pay of Smithsonian Executives Tops President, Report Finds

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Salaries for some Smithsonian Institution executives are higher than those for other top federal jobs, including those of the United States president and vice president, according to the institution’s acting inspector general.

The salaries are, however, “generally comparable to those at selected nonprofit organizations,” the acting inspector general, A. Sprightley Ryan, said in a report issued on Tuesday....

Lawrence M. Small, the Smithsonian secretary, earned $884,733 in 2006, while President Bush makes $400,000 a year. Edwin L. Rifkin, the Smithsonian’s under secretary for art, earned $440,000 in 2006. Sheila P. Burke, the deputy secretary and chief operating officer, earned $400,000.

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