Interior Dept spent $139K on new doors for Zinke's office: report

Interior Dept spent $139K on new doors for Zinke's office: report
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The Interior Department reportedly spent $139,000 upgrading the doors in Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeNew policy at Interior's in-house watchdog clamps down on interactions with press Overnight Energy: EPA proposes scrapping limits on coal plant waste | Appointee overseeing federal lands once advocated selling them | EPA lifts Obama-era block on controversial mine Latest appointee overseeing federal public lands once advocated to sell them MORE's office, according to The Associated Press.

The upgrades to three sets of double doors came as part of a modernization plan ordered by career Interior staff, an Interior spokeswoman told the AP. While the spokeswoman acknowledged that the price seemed expensive, she blamed the cost on purchasing and preservation rules, adding that the doors also had new security locks.

Records obtained by the AP show a Maryland contractor, Conquest Solutions LLC, completed the work, which was labeled “Secretary’s Door” on a work order.

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The Sierra Club, a leading environmental group, issued a statement Thursday slamming Zinke over the report, calling him a “walking scandal.”

“Now we know that Ryan Zinke isn’t using just any door when he shuts the American people out. Like Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEnvironmentalists renew bid to overturn EPA policy barring scientists from advisory panels Six states sue EPA over pesticide tied to brain damage Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules MORE, Zinke is a walking scandal who believes he can live the life of luxury on the American taxpayer’s dime, and it’s time Trump puts a stop to it,” Sierra Club President Ethan Manuel said in the statement. “We only hope that this $139,000 door doesn’t hit Zinke on his way out.”

Zinke has come under fire for his use of government helicopters to transport himself and staffers between events and locations near Washington, D.C.

The Interior chief was also reportedly told in October he was set to be $200,000 over his travel budget for the year, according to CNN.

The report also comes after Housing Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE faced criticism after the Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,000 on a new dining set for Carson’s office.