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FEMA's Administrator Is Under Investigation for His Travel Habits

FEMA's Administrator Is Under Investigation for His Travel Habits

FEMA Director Brock Long not only has Florence to worry about but an investigation as well.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is under investigation to determine if he improperly used government vehicles, Politico is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the investigation.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general is also probing communications between Long and a FEMA contractor that may include discussions about future employment, a source told the Journal.

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"Before we get started on Floyd", Long said before commenting on a report he was the subject of an investigation alleging the misuse of government cars.

At a press briefing on Hurricane Florence Thursday morning, Long said he will "fully cooperate" in the investigation.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly".

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"Bottom line is if we made mistakes in the way the program was run then we will work with the OIG to get those corrected. Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career". 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.

"At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific".

FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a press conference on the federal response to Hurricane Irma at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2017. "The Secretary is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability", DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement to The Hill on Friday. His office will play an integral role in the government's response to Hurricane Florence, which is now affecting the Carolinas.

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Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA previous year. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care.