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Interior spending $139K to fix doors in Sec. Zinke's office

by Silke Zook (2021-01-08)

The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request about it from The Associated Press, spokeswoman Heather Swift said.
The project was planned by career facilities and security officials as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building erected in 1938 a few blocks from the White House, she said.

'The secretary was not aware of this contract but agrees that this is a lot of money for demo, install, materials and labor,' Swift said Thursday in an emailed statement. 

'Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical.

'This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes.'

Open door to big bills: Double doors like the ones on the right are being replaced in Ryan Zinke's office.

His spokeswoman claimed he had no idea of the $139,000 cost

Cabinet post: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (far left) is the latest cabinet member to be caught up in a spending row