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Audit: Taxpayer money used to pay for
$222K renovation to official´s bathroom

WSBTV [Atlanta, GA], by Scott McFarlane

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/17/2013 5:26:40 AM

WASHINGTON — Channel 2 Action News has obtained photos of a costly renovation of a government official´s bathroom. Channel 2´s Scott MacFarlane secured images inside the office at the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Interior Department. The renovation was done on the interior secretary´s private office bathroom. The bathroom is approximately 100 square feet and cost about $222,000 to renovate, making it more expensive that many homes. MacFarlane obtained photos of the renovated bathroom through the Freedom of Information Act.

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Is Salazar leaving just ahead of the sheriff?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/17/2013 5:47:20 AM     (No. 9121575)

Yes, the timing of his departure does look suspicious.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: golla, 1/17/2013 5:59:59 AM     (No. 9121586)

The article DOES say that this reno happened in 2007, before our dear reader and his lacky salazar were in office.

Just another GSA expenditure that had no oversight whatsoever, apparently.

I´m still scratching my head trying to figure out why anyone would need a Sub-Zero refrigerator in a bathroom....???

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/17/2013 8:55:43 AM     (No. 9121767)

Shoot, this ain´t nuthin. This goes on in every Department of the Gov. "Renovations" is code for $$$ spree. Not kidding, I´ve seen it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 1/17/2013 9:01:49 AM     (No. 9121773)

For #2, a fridge is used in high end bathrooms to keep medicines and make them last longer. Also, it is a more discrete method of storing insulin.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bob913, 1/17/2013 9:41:47 AM     (No. 9121849)

I read a book about gov´t waste in the Jimmy Carter years and it had some mind bending waste. I read a book my grandfather had bought in 1946 about gov´t waste and it was the same story with just different names...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tommyr, 1/17/2013 9:45:19 AM     (No. 9121855)

Projects such as this might be a lower priority item that fit into the rush to spend funds at the end of the fiscal year.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bias Detector, 1/17/2013 10:08:43 AM     (No. 9121883)

It´s the U.S. Interior Department. Aren´t they supposed to do interior renovations?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: judy, 1/17/2013 10:26:56 AM     (No. 9121920)

No worse the million $$$ WH party for the prez of Mexico.....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 1/17/2013 10:36:07 AM     (No. 9121946)

What´s wrong with you people??? One would only expect a Powdered Prince of the Potomac to have a fittingly august Throne Room... /s

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Okie 52, 1/17/2013 10:44:19 AM     (No. 9121968)

There´s no story here. Try any renovation done by the Fed Gov´t and the cost is double what you might spend. Plus, this stale story is 5+ years old. Why is it posted? It´s not news that government spends money foolishly.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: golla, 1/17/2013 10:52:16 AM     (No. 9121992)

Well, #4, I hadn´t thought of that. My initial thought was that a $3,500.00 Sub Zero fridge was a rather extravagant expense to keep the beer cold. Come to think of it, it´s also extravagant for insulin or other meds.

We have a $600. under the counter fridge/ice maker in our office and it works very well for any of the above - but it´s in the office - not in the bathroom......

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