Connect with us

National News

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spent $31,000 on Dining Set, Then Changed His Mind

A former HUD official claims she was removed from her job after opposing the furniture order.

Published

on

The Department of Housing and Urban Development planned to spend over $31,000 a new dining set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office. The furniture included a table, chairs and hutch. The order was made by a staffer, after a fellow HUD employee aired concerns over a costly redecoration request.

Carson announced today that he wants to cancel the order, according to a statement provided exclusively to CNN. 

“I was as surprised as anyone to find out that a $31,000 dining set had been ordered,” Carson said in the statement. “I have requested that the order be canceled. We will find another solution for the furniture replacement.”

The embarrassing situation comes as HUD faces a massive $6 billion cut to its budget, which would affect the poor.

HUD spokesman Raffi Williams said the department did not seek approval from congressional appropriations for the original order, which is required for redecoration costs that exceed $5,000 dollars.

The Guardian reported earlier on Tuesday, that HUD employee Helen Foster claims she was demoted because she voiced concern over costly plans to redecorate Carson’s office.

Allegedly, she was asked by former acting HUD Secretary Craig Clemmensen to help find the money to redecorate what would become Carson’s office. She told him that there was a limit on these type of expenses, and he responded saying they always found ways around that over the years, and $5,000 couldn’t even by something decent.

Foster later filed a complaint with the HUD budget director about being asked to violate statute limits on spending, but claims she was removed from her post and demoted to the head of the unit that oversees Freedom of Information Act requests.

Foster told ABC it was a shame that a federal agency who is supposed to be helping the poorest of the poor, is instead looking at how to improve their office. Foster has also said that she had to justify paying for a security system installed at Carson’s Virginia home, all with taxpayer funds.

Last April, Secretary Carson told radio host Hugh Hewitt that the department was putting in place a system so that they could closely monitor where every dollar goes.

Foster is looking to receive damages and back pay, so she can reimburse her attorney’s fees, and a public apology from the department.

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Washington D.C. native, U of South Florida alumni, journalism nut. I love everything politics. Always in favor of a little Netflix binge watching.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government1 day ago

The DSA Endorses Bernie Sanders for President in 2020

America's largest socialist organization is feeling the Bern, again.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

Speaker Pelosi Endorsed Lowering the Voting Age to 16 years Old

The kids maybe alright to vote.

by , The Catholic American University
National News2 weeks ago

Here’s What We Know So Far About Operation Varsity Blues

A summary and the latest updates about the largest college admissions scandal to hit the country.

by , George Washington University
Government2 weeks ago

The Department of Health and Human Services Received Complaints of Alleged Sexual Abuse Against Foreign National Minors

Migrant children may be at risk on the ground and overseas.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

California Governor Gavin Newsom Suspends Death Penalty Statewide

The Golden State is on the verge of ending the death penalty.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

Top Congressional Republicans Decry Progressive Policies as Socialist

A Third Red Scare in Washington?

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

North Dakota State University Football Player Wears Socialist Pin at the Trump White House

The Reds infiltrate the White House.

by , The Catholic American University
National News2 weeks ago

Ethiopian Airlines Jet Crashes, No Survivors on Boeing 737

This is the second flight, in five months involving a Boeing 737.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent

Top Reads