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meeting in the afternoon of January 29.

Anticipating approval of the transfer, Smithsonian staff have initiated a wide range of activities to maintain forward progress and to prepare for receiving the collections and other property, bringing existing Heye Foundation staff into the Smithsonian, utilizing the objects and property received for their intended purposes, and planning and developing facilities for the new National Museum. In these efforts February 4, 1990 is being used as the target date for transfer. 
                       
With the guidance of former Under Secretary Phillip S. Hughes, who is coordinating matters associated with the creation of the new museum, a search committee for the new Museum's permanent director, chaired by Under Secretary Anderson, has been convened; a transition team, made up of internal Smithsonian staff as well as representatives of the Heye Foundation and the American Indian community, has been established to address various aspects of museum program development; and a request for proposals has recently been advertised for architectural services to develop programs of requirements for the three facilities contemplated for the new Museum.

Key Smithsonian administrative and facility managers met in October with John F. Jameson, Assistant Secretary for Administration, to discuss the status of the anticipated transfer and to begin to develop plans for integrating Heye Foundation activities with those of the Institution. These managers included the directors of planning and budget, personnel, automation, facilities management and maintenance, security, and procurement.

Senior Smithsonian personnel staff met with the director and employees of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, as a group on October 24 to explain the Federal civil service personnel system and to discuss questions the employees had prepared. Subsequently, written responses to these same questions were provided. Representatives of the Institution's Office of Personnel Administration have been closely in touch with the Heye Foundation staff who are preparing position descriptions and other information on present employment. A team from Washington visited the Audubon Terrace museum on November 30 to establish classification, benefits, and other personnel matters. All of the present staff will be offered employment with the Institution.

Smithsonian security and building maintenance staff met at the current Audubon Terrace museum facility in New York early in November to review the present state of its facilities and security. A security plan is being developed which will include any steps necessary to meet Smithsonian standards. Smithsonian staff assigned to the Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Fifth Avenue at 91st Street will oversee these functions at Audubon Terrace during the period of our occupancy. At this time, it cannot be estimated how long that period will be, but for the foreseeable future the Smithsonian expects to keep the building open to the public.

At the end of November two Smithsonian staff members, one of whom is a former employee of the Heye Foundation and both of whom have extensive experience in collections management and the move of large numbers of objects, spent several days in New York assessing the Heye Foundation collections and establishing communications with appropriate members of its staff. They are
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