Reagan library suffers from shoddy accounting system, auditors say

first_img“By law, the historic artifacts at the Presidential Libraries are property of the American people. The National Archives is entrusted with the responsibility of preserving these important objects for future generations,” Frederick Ryan, chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, said in a statement. Ryan noted he had contacted Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and urged him to “move swiftly in addressing all of the shortcomings identified in the report.” Historians, meanwhile, said they found the situation troubling but were thankful that reams of historical documents at the library remained safe. “We focus totally on papers, and my experience has been that they (the museum staffers) are very careful about those,” said Martin Anderson, an economist and former Reagan policy adviser who has since written several books about the 40th president. “They do a tremendous job of keeping track of documents,” Anderson said. “In terms of belt buckles, I don’t know.” Museum artifacts include an extensive collection of belt buckles given to Reagan over the years that are feared to be among the missing items. Ron Robinson, president of the Young America’s Foundation that oversees Reagan’s ranch in Santa Barbara, called the investigation’s findings “very serious,” but said he is optimistic the items have simply been misplaced. Taking a Reagan-esque swipe at big government, Robinson joked, “Conservatives have always felt that private owners take better care of their property.” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach and a former Reagan speechwriter, said if the items have been stolen, he can understand the thief’s urge to pilfer a piece of the era. He noted that one of his own mementos – a picture of Reagan on Air Force One demonstrating how punches were performed in the movies – disappeared from his office one day. “I think there’s some people out there that Reagan is such a monumental figure that when they see something that is attached to him they feel like they’re getting a piece of history,” Rohrabacher said. “Missing memorabilia adds to the mystique of the Reagan years.” [email protected] 202-662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, whose home is just a few hundred yards from the library, said he spent the day making calls about the items. While he acknowledged that the library must improve its system of controls, Gallegly said he is waiting for a more complete account of the situation. “This is a very serious issue, and I don’t think any of us is taking it lightly. At the same time, we have to be careful not to make assumptions,” he said. “We’ve got to find out whether the numbers are real, or whether there is clear evidence that something has been stolen.” Museum officials said they were concerned and disappointed by the audit results. WASHINGTON – Federal auditors on Thursday downplayed a recently concluded investigation that found that thousands of mementos belonging to former President Ronald Reagan may be missing. The investigation found that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley suffers from a shoddy accounting system and said officials were able to locate only 20,000 of about 100,000 Reagan items. “This does not automatically mean the approximately 80,000 remaining items are missing,” Paul Brachfeld, inspector general of the National Archives and Record Administration, said in a statement. “The vast majority may very well be safely located within the library’s storage facilities. Some of these items may be missing or stolen, or none of these items may be missing or stolen.” last_img read more


first_imgThe community of Glenswilly and the wider GAA community across Donegal is mourning the loss of well-known GAA stalwart Finbar Glackin.Mr. Glackin, from Barrack, Glenswilly, passed away after a long illness today (Thurs).He was the current president of Glenswilly GAA Club and held several key positions at the club over the years including chairman and also manager of various teams. He is survived by his wife, sons and extended family.A spokesman for Glenswilly GAA club said they would like to extend their sympathy to Mr Glackin’s family on his sad passing.Donegal Daily would also like to extend its sympathy to the Glackin family at this sad time.DONEGAL MOURNS LOSS OF GLENSWILLY GAA STALWART FINBAR GLACKIN was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more