$220,000 bathroom upgrade at U.S. Dept. of Interior

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Nearly $220,000 was spent to upgrade a luxurious, private Washington bathroom at the Department of the Interior, on the American dime.

WSOC obtained federal documents that break down the thousands in taxpayer dollars spent on soap dishes, counter tops and $700 faucets.

Inside the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Interior, inside Suite 6151, is the secretary of the interior’s private office bathroom. It encompasses 100 square feet and is more expensive than many American homes.

In fact, the bathroom will cost $222,000, with wall panels that cost $15,000 and a Sub-Zero refrigerator that was $3,500.

The custom cabinetry was $26,000 and the faucet $689. A pricy soap dish, soap dispenser and even a vintage tissue holder were $65.

Internal government auditors got wind of the bathroom and investigated and said, “A number of the items incorporated into the renovation project call into question the need for luxurious materials.”

Some of the features of the bathroom were bought at the Weaver Hardware store in Washington, just down the street from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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