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The State Department just spent more than you make in a year (probably) on 'award frames

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during an event on human rights in North Korea at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The State Department appears poised to start handing out thousands of framed awards to its employees and others over the next few years, as it just agreed to spend lots of money on "award frames."

State finalized a contract award of $172,013.50 to an Alabama company for these frames, which the company will supply over the next five years. That amount is more than three times the U.S. median household income, which was just over $51,000 in 2012.

The State Department, led by John Kerry, is getting ready to hand out lots and lots of awards. Some of the awards will be framed in wood with special gold trim. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Based on State's order for these frames, State seems to be anticipating handing out more and more awards each year. For example, State wants 1,650 walnut finish award frames by mid-2015 — including 300 of them with "gold trim" that are apparently for extra-special awards. State also wants 600 blue vinyl folders with a gold Department of State eagle embossed on them.

By mid-2016, State wants 1,950 frames, 400 with gold trim, and 650 blue vinyl folders.

The numbers keep rising each year until mid-2019. By then, state wants 2,550 wood frames, including 550 with gold trim, and 800 blue folders with the gold embossed eagle.

The company that won the contract is the Randall-Reilly Holding Company, doing business as the Award Company of America in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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