Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent $139K on doors

Gladys Abbott
March 11, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent $139,000 past year on construction of what a work order calls "Secretary's Door", the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Zinke's spokeswoman told the Associated Press Thursday that he didn't know about the contract and its cost and that he agrees it's a lot of money.

The project was planned by facilities and security officials as part of the 10-year-long modernization of the 1936 building a few blocks from the White House, she said.

"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical", Swift said in a statement to the Associated Press.

News of the $138,670 contract comes as several agencies are facing scrutiny over excessive spending. "This is a ideal example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes".

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An Interior Department official said the work includes two doors that open onto a corner balcony with a spectacular view of the Washington Monument and the National Mall.

The new doors will be made of fiberglass.

Zinke says the United States won't exhaust its resource of fossil fuels in our lifetime, but that cleaner-burning natural gas will take on a bigger role.

Finally, he has also been accused of spending over $53,000 for a trio of helicopter rides, including one to go horseback riding with Vice President Mike Pence.

After media reports highlighted the spending, HUD canceled the order for the new furniture.

But this would hardly be the first time that Secretary Ryan Zinke spent taxpayer money on an unusual expenditure.

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