Staffers from the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) played a drinking game called “Icing” in a government building in January, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reports that the PPO staffers, who are responsible for vetting and recruiting political appointees, played the game—which involves hiding a Smirnoff Ice and forcing someone to chug it when they find it—in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
The PPO office became a “social hub,” according to the newspaper, where young staffers would “hang out on couches and smoke electronic cigarettes.” The “Icing” drinking game was played to celebrate a deputy director’s 30th birthday.
“Icing” has been ridiculed as being a drinking game that is played by “bros.”
The White House confirmed that the “Icing” game was played but said happy hours are a way of networking for staffers. The Eisenhower Office Building is adjacent to the White House and is home to a “majority of offices for White House staff.”
The Post found the PPO, which also vets people for potential jobs that need to be confirmed by the Senate, was a “refuge for young campaign workers” that worked for now-President Donald Trump. The office is not staffed as robustly as it was under previous administrations.
You can read all of the Washington Post‘s report on the PPO here.