Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence Small's Expenses


Small's Office Expenses

Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small spent nearly $850,000 between 2000 and 2005. This list shows how he spent about $160,000 to redecorate his office suite and administrative work area and about $130,000 to replace what a spokeswoman said was "threadbare" carpeting in the administrative east wing of the Smithsonian castle.

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Date Recipient Purpose Amount
May 3, 2000 Brintons U.S. Axminster Carpet, Marquis Flake, Marquis Wreath $105,150.76
Jan. - Aug. 2000 Adamstein & Demetriou, Inc. Design And Conference Table $42,759.00
Jan. 2000, July 2004 Stark Carpet Carpet $32,389.73
January 7, 2000 Hodges Original Upholstery, Berkeley Stripe-Old Gold $31,450.60
January 18, 2000 Corridor Flooring Associates Flooring Installation $12,685.00
April 27, 2000 Bernhardt Furniture Oval Coffee Table, Credenza, Tower Shelves, Task Light $9,234.92
August 30, 2004 Ponsford/ Flynn, Inc. Metal Grill Cleaning $8,625.00
August 12, 2004 Daniel T Gauger Inc. Carpeting Work $7,045.00
January 26, 2000 Shepherd Electric Co, Inc. Bruck Lighting System $4,600.00
December 7, 2000 Carpet Consultants Carpet $4,486.68
Jan. - April 2000 August Georges 2 Chairs, Minster, George Smith, Tapered Legs $4,226.00
January 7, 2000 Nessen Lighting Inc. Desk Lamp and Floor Lamps $4,125.00
November 15, 2000 Carpet Resources, Inc. Carpet Installation $4,042.50
January 5, 2000 Fredrick Miley & Assoc. Upholstry, Nancy Corzine Velvet Diamonds $2,820.50
January 14, 2000 Illuminations Lighting Fixtures, Materials $1,751.50
February 16, 2000 Interior Works Reupholster Leather Chair $1,689.50
Jan. - Feb. 2000 Maurice Electric Supply Company, Inc. Dimmer Switch, Lighting $1,511.35
January 12, 2000 Design Lite, Inc. Greek Key Wall Sconce $1,501.50
January 7, 2000 All Blinds, Inc. Furnish And Install Vimco Manufactured Manual $1,280.00
January 11, 2000 Donghia Showrooms - DC Inc. Desk Lamp, Cased Glass, 120V, 1X60Watt $1,014.40
February 1, 2000 Ridgeview Glass, Inc. Glass, Clear Tempered W/Polished Edges $867.01
February 7, 2000 United Electric Supply Light Strip, Norbert Belfer, 6X40W T 6 1/2, 130V $542.05
February 16, 2000 The Carnegie Corp Wall Covering, Butterfly $396.00

Small's Housing Allowance

Lawrence M. Small, the Smithsonian's chief official, collected a $1.15 million housing allowance over six years. Here are totals for expenses he submitted to justify receiving up to half his actual costs, not to exceed $150,000 his first year.

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Category Amount
"Hypothetical mortgage" $1,668,696
Cleaning - Housekeepers $273,276
Maintenance $202,809
Utilities $152,955
Real estate taxes $115,308
Grounds service $109,422
Insurance $88,047

Housing Invoices

These are some of vendors and expenses Small submitted to support his receiving his full housing allowance. These receipts were submitted during an inspector general's review.

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Selected Itemized Expenses Amount
HR Construction Group $68,234
Precision Wall Tech $35,456
Custom Design Concepts $15,018
Capitol Pool Service $12,187
Plumbing $2,918
David Toran chandelier service $2,535
Cropp Metcalfe (HVAC) $1,500
Ward Pest Control $788
Home Security $602
Haislip Electric $426
Appliance Repair $255

Receipts for Some of Small's Housing Invoices (PDF)

The Washington Post - March 19, 2007


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