Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

FEMA administrator probed over travel, vehicle use

FEMA administrator probed over travel, vehicle use

Brock Long, who directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he was "very aware" of a media report published earlier on Thursday regarding his travel habits, and that the agency would cooperate with any investigations.

Long's use of official cars for suspected personal trips has drawn the attention of the DHS inspector general.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he continued.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment to CNN on conversations about Long's future, and referred questions to DHS. "If we made mistakes with the way a program was run, then we'll work with OIG to get this corrected". The report said the DHS IG is investigating whether administrator Brock Long "misused government resources and personnel" on his weekend commutes back home to Hickory, N.C. "Doing something unethical is not in my DNA, it is not part of my track record", Long told reporters at a briefing on the storm.

Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton also stated that DHS did not shift disaster relief funding away from FEMA, accusing Merkley of "a sorry attempt to push a false statement".

Jessica Nalepa, FEMA director of external affairs, also responded to the investigation saying FEMA "fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

"Administrator Long and the FEMA workforce are focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and other active tropical systems", Nalepa said in a statement on Twitter in response to the Politico report.

"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager".

Over 1 million residents of coastal states including North Carolina and SC were ordered to evacuate as of Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence on Friday.

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid a series of spending and other ethics-related controversies, and former health secretary, Tom Price, resigned in 2017 under pressure over his use of costly private planes for government business. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were all felled in part due to their own lavish travel scandals. USA government watchdogs have also chastised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over his spending.

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