In response, secretary Ben Carson tweeted that the proposal would "focus on moving more people toward self-sufficiency", and that despite the gouge, H.U.D. would still be able to "make significant enhancements to our programs where needed".
Gowdy requested in a letter to Carson that he turn over all communications related to Foster, as well as all documents and communications related to the redecoration of his office.
He set a deadline of March 14 for the documents to be handed over to the committee.
But a month prior to the $31,000 expenditure, Helen G. Foster, a former top official at HUD, filed a complaint claiming that she was demoted from her position after resisting Candy's requests to circumvent the $5,000 redecoration law.
Her complaint, filed in November, also describes an environment in which high-level officials at the agency told Foster to skirt the rules or break them entirely.
When asked about his original claim, the Guardian reported, Williams "falsely stated that he had been asked only about spending on improvements to Carson's office from what he called 'the decorating budget'". Earlier this month, Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin admitted his chief of staff made up an award so he could take his wife on a taxpayer-funded European vacation, and while she "resigned", he remains in his post having learned "lots of lessons" from the incident.
"I am still working just as hard (harder) but I am not allowed to achieve anything", Foster wrote.
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But on Tuesday night, the New York Times confirmed that this is exactly the kind of thing that the leadership of HUD would say.
Williams said Candy Carson and Clemmensen were unable to comment because Foster's complaint is pending.
Kaplan said his client is seeking compensatory damages and re-instatment as HUD's chief administrative officer.
Foster's complaint asks for a public apology, and that she be reinstated to her original position.
HUD officials provided receipts that showed HUD spent $3,373 on window treatments, including wooden blinds, and an additional $1,100 on furniture repairs. Ben Carson is coming under scrutiny after spending over $30,000 of government money on a new dining set for a room adjacent to his Washington office, according to an ABC News report. "The table was ordered by the career staffers in charge of the building".
"The old table and chairs were from 1967 and deemed unrepairable", he told CNN.
The agency has been embroiled in other controversies in recent weeks.
As The Guardian notes that this is happening at the same time that the Trump Administration is requesting more than $6 billion be cut from HUD programs created to help the poor and homeless, so the optics of this situation are rather obvious. "To clear up any suspicion I am calling for the HUD inspector general to review this matter".