FEMA's Administrator Is Under Investigation for His Travel Habits

Cesar Mills
September 16, 2018

FEMA administrator Brock Long is the target of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation into whether he misused government vehicles during his commutes to North Carolina from Washington, according to three people familiar with the matter, including current and former administration officials.

As FEMA prepares to tackle yet another potentially devastating storm with Hurricane Florence, the agency's chief Brock Long is reportedly under an internal investigation for his alleged use of government cars in a personal capacity, according to Politico. He added that he and his office will "own up to any mistakes and push forward and keep going". "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record my whole entire career so we'll work with the OIG", he continued.

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. In a statement, a spokeswoman referred questions to the inspector general's office and said that Long and the agency's workforce "are focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and other active tropical systems".

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"Right now, that money has nothing to do with what you see behind us", Long said from FEMA's response center in Washington.

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"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG".

"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager", Jessica Nalepa, the spokeswoman, said in the statement. Long said FEMA is used to the blame game because disasters are frustrating and FEMA is always the end of the line. "He is known for his passion to help disaster survivors in their time of greatest need".

Long is now one of several top Trump administration officials who have faced intense scrutiny of their travel habits.

The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned in July after allegations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.

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