(Weekly Standard) State Department contract awards were posted this week for “Transportation services in support of Mandela Funeral” and “Accommodation in support of the Nelson Mandela funeral in South Africa.” The accompanying Justification and Approval documents estimated the cost of transportation at a maximum of $8,286,194.74. The transportation contract covers only ground transportation in South Africa.

Costs for Air Force One and other air travel are not included. Two contracts were listed for the cost of lodging: one for $2,042,850 for an estimated “3,240 lodging room nights” and another for $1,190,573 for an estimated “2,490 lodging room nights” stretching from December 6, 2013 to January 20, 2014.

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