FOIA concludes: Under Bush Administration, Interior Secretary spent $220,000 renovating his personal bathroom

January 17, 2013
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 Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne was afforded a $220,000 bathroom during the Bush Administration but we’re only finding out about that now due to reporting by ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, which first filed a Freedom of Information Act request on the renovation four years ago. In 2007, the renovations included a $3,590.00 refrigerator. But, this is not the kitchen fridge. This is the additional and oh so necessary bathroom fridge because…who doesn’t have one of those?

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Yahoo reports:

The personal bathroom used by the secretary of the Interior is so swanky that its renovation cost $220,000. No detail was overlooked: It has a $3,500 sub-zero refrigerator (hey, if you’re going to have a fridge in the bathroom, it might as well be a good one) and a $689 faucet. At least the “vintage tissue holder” was cheap: just $65 bucks.

The renovation was done in 2007 under President George W. Bush’s Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, but is only now coming to light, thanks to the dogged reporting by ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, which first filed a Freedom of Information Act request on the renovation four years ago.

The renovations were the subject of an internal audit by the General Services Administration, which has responsibility for most federal government properties.

In a classic bureaucratic understatement, the audit report noted, “A number of the items incorporated into the renovation project call into question the need for luxurious materials.”

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The custom cabinetry cost was $26,122. Kohler faucet cost was a paltry $689.36.

Don’t we all make sammiches while sitting on our fancy toilets? In his defense, maybe he thought they meant ‘Interior Decorator’, not Interior Secretary. Please pass the Grey Poupon. Thank you!

More pictures of the fancy pants bathroom here. 

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  • Anonymous

    The contractor totally misunderestimated his original quote.

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of crap.

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