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inconvenience. These measures include scheduling such visits at times when the museum is not open to the public (for example, before it opens in the morning). Whenever it is not possible to schedule at a time that would avoid the need to close to the public, the visit will be scheduled during least crowded times and the closing will be delayed until the last possible moment.

Mr. Adams suggested that the adoption of an enduring Regents' policy to this effect will strengthen the position of the staff when faced with such circumstances. Accordingly, the following motion was suggested and adopted:

VOTED that the Board of Regents discourages the closing of Smithsonian exhibition galleries or entire museums during normal hours for public visitation to accommodate the security requirements of distinguished individuals or groups. When such arrangements are deemed by the Secretary to be in the best interests of the Institution, every effort should be made to minimize limitations placed on the public's access to the exhibitions.

[[underlined]] National Air and Space Museum Facility at Dulles [[/underlined]]

Mr. Adams reminded the Regents that at their meeting on September 16 the Board voted an expression of appreciation to the Washington Dulles Task Force for its proposal to provide an interim facility for the space shuttle [[underlined]] Enterprise [[/underlined]]. The Board also agreed that the Secretary should review the proposal and directed him to report his findings to the Executive Committee.

Mr. Adams noted that on November 6 he reported that, as a result of a wide-ranging review process over a period of six weeks, he found that although it was timely for the Smithsonian to accept the space shuttle [[underlined]] Enterprise [[/underlined]] from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the national collections, it was not in the best interests of the Institution to become a party to the interim facility proposal; that the associated financing might not be adequate for the well-constructed building the Smithsonian would require to house so important an artifact and provide basic services for the public; that the projections of income from concessions might not be adequate to service the debt the proposal would entail; and that Federal funds would not be available to support the costs of operating the facility and its construction would be viewed as a preemption of Congressional authority to consider the matter. Given those constraints, Mr. Adams added, there was no further investigation of issues such as site suitability and master planning considerations; the liability of the Institution with respect to the financing proposal of the Task Force; the precedent that an interim facility might establish; or its effect on future fund raising.

Because the details of accessioning the [[underlined]] Enterprise [[/underlined]] and of having the National Aeronautics and Space Administration deliver it to Dulles
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