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Interior spending $139K to upgrade doors in Zinke’s office

March 9, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks about the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Records show the Interior Department spent nearly $139,000 last year for construction at the agency that was labeled on a work order as “Secretary’s Door.” A spokeswoman for Zinke did not provide answers on March 8, 2018, to questions about whether changes had been made to a door in the secretary’s office. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke.

His spokeswoman says Zinke (ZIN’-kee) was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request about it from The Associated Press. She says the project was planned by career facilities and security officials as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building erected in 1936 a few blocks from the White House.

She said the secretary was not aware of this contract but agrees that this is a lot of money for demo, install, materials and labor. She says the doors needed repairs.

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