Executive Office of the President

Redistribution of Government owned art and collectibles

The government owns collectable items, autographed documents, art work, furnishings, and other tangible goods that it pays substantial funds annually to store and protect, but which are essential invisible and unused by the public or by agencies. Recommend a 5 to 10 year program to sell (or perhaps lease) these items to both generate revenue and reduce costs? Perhaps the Mount Vernon Ladies Association would pay to display Washington documents owned by the Archives or Library of Congress? Smithsonian stored holding could be sold to private collectors or sponsored for transfer to State and local museums and galleries so they could be seen and studied. A stored 'treasure' is only a recurring cost unless it can be used, seen and appreciated.

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Idea No. 64