The White House has ordered renovations to repair a number of issues including a new toilet seat in the Oval Office bathroom and pest control to deal with mice, cockroach, and ant infestations.
The White House work orders, obtained by NBC Washington, was submitted to the General Services Administration, the agency which takes care of any maintenance issues inside the White House.
There have been requests for more than two years requesting pest control after a cockroach infestation was reported at least four times by employees, mice reported in the food service area and Situation Room, and ants infested the chief of staff’s office.
The maintenance requests also included a new toilet seat for the Oval Office, which was requested to be done “after hours,” as well as a decorator for national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
“They are old buildings,” former GSA inspector general Brian Miller said. “Any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work.”
Miller told reporters that it was an “enormous job” but they hire contractors and subcontractors to take care of these requests and the GSA’s job is to watch over the contractors they hire.
The agency spends around $100,000 a year on average for White House maintenance, according to records.