The Interior Department spent $222,000 of taxpayer money to spruce up the 100-square foot private bathroom of the former Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne in 2007, according to an audit.
Reportedly, the upgrade was necessary due to water leaks.
Some of the materials used in the renovation were rather costly: wall panels for $1,500; $26,000 worth of custom cabinets; and a refrigerator that went for $3,500.
Also worth mentioning: a $689 faucet and a $65 vintage “tissue holder.”
The cost of these luxury items in particular and the entire renovation in general caught the eye of government auditors, who questioned the need for such high-end repairs.
After all, back in 2007, the national debt was somewhere around $9 trillion.
The good news to come out of this: the General Services Administration, the organization that signed off on the job and oversees federal government property, said more oversight is now in place to prevent such high-cost renovations in the future.
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