State Department makes $5 million purchase ahead of shutdown

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State Department makes $5 million purchase ahead of shutdown

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(CBS5) - The U.S. State Department finalized a $5 million custom order for crystal glasses and bar accessories Sept. 30, one day before the government shutdown. 

The Daily Mail reports the order was made just hours before 1 million federal workers were about to be put on unpaid leave. 

Vermont company Simon Pearce was awarded the contract.

It makes hand blown crystal that retails for about $85 for one wine glass. 

The order was for 12,000 pieces for American embassies. 

While the timing looks problematic in light of the government shutdown, government orders are typically made during the last week of September, otherwise purchases will have to be held off for another fiscal year. 

The State Department isn't alone with its late orders.

The Washington Post reports the Department of Veterans Affairs spent more than a half million dollars on artwork.
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