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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