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FEMA administrator under investigation for travel, use of government cars

16 September 2018

FEMA director of external affairs Jessica Nalepa addressed the Politico story in a statement saying Long and the organization "are focused on preparing for, responding to and recovering from Hurricane Florence".

Long said at a press conference Thursday morning that he will "fully cooperate" in an investigation into his alleged misuse of government resources for travel, an issue that has roiled several other former Trump Cabinet secretaries.

Misuse of government resources has come back to haunt past Trump administration officials.

The reported investigation comes as FEMA prepares its response to Florence, a hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas that was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday. Seems Long has taken the 800-mile round-trip drive many times, spending 150 days of weekends and days off in North Carolina since he was hired in 2017.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", Long said at a FEMA meeting Thursday regarding the probe, per Politico.

Long said it is not only FEMA that will respond to the storm, but a "partnership" that reaches from the federal government all the way into state and local levels.

When FEMA administrator Brock Long started his job past year, he began to take routine trips home to North Carolina, using a government driver and vehicle to make the six-hour trek from Washington, D.C. An aide, who would stay in hotel room at taxpayer expense, would also accompany Long on these trips. "You know doing something unethical is not part of my DNA, and it's not part of my track record and my whole entire career, so, we'll work with the OIG to get anything corrected", Long said.

The inspector general is looking into whether taxpayers inappropriately footed the bill for Long's trips, according to the report, citing three unnamed sources.

Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA a year ago. The administrator's trips home to North Carolina have also drawn the ire of his boss, DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who reportedly confronted him about them this summer.

FEMA administrator under investigation for travel, use of government cars